The US PTO has now posted for comment a draft version of an examination guide entitled “Service Mark Specimens.” The purpose of the examination guide is to provide public notice about acceptable specimens for various services, promote consistency in examination, and provide examples illustrating the concepts discussed.

The draft examination guide can be accessed at  This copy of the guide contains hyperlinks in each section, taking you to the IdeaScale® website where you can post comments about the guide.

The public can submit comments on the examination guide via IdeaScale® by July 16, 2014.

If you have any questions on trademark related matters, please contact Terrence J. McAllister on (203) 327 4500 x135 or email at or Jeff Scepanski at