Can I submit a mockup as a trademark specimen?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

No, a mockup of a product, label, tag or website is not an acceptable trademark specimen. Specimens have to prove the real use of the trademark in US commerce, which a mockup cannot do.

Additionally, partially altered images/screenshots are unacceptable. The same goes for printer proofs and so-called master labels that serve as templates but don't show the real final label.

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