A prerequisite for federal registration of your trademark is showing that your mark is being used “in commerce”, as Section 901 of the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) lays out. Essentially this means that you need to use your logo, slogan, or other source identifier in the course of authentic, "bona fide" business. We'll go further into what qualifies as bona fide business a bit later.
Use In Commerce for Physical Goods vs ServicesPhysical Goods - The mark should appear on labels applied to the goods, containers for the goods, or on the goods themselves. The goods should be available for purchase (i.e. in a store, online, by mail or phone, or for a business to business product available to other businesses). Documentation On Your Trademark Application
- A photo of your physical goods with your mark on them.
- Photos of sales receipts showing sales of said goods.
- A screenshot of your website or photo of other advertising showing your services described near your trademark.