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Trademark News: Trademark Owners - The USPTO Inbox is Heavily Protected

It was announced today that Tumbleweed ® Communications Corp. will be protecting the USPTO's inbox with all sorts of handy-dandy features in order to ensure the safety of their systems.

What does that mean for trademarks owners and applicants? Probably, hopefully, nothing. However, since the USPTO's inbox is that much more heavily secured, it'll be up to each applicant to ensure that their messages are getting to the right party at the USPTO. And it's up to each applicant to ensure that they're getting their messages from the USPTO.

The easiest way to go about this is to:

1) Check your status here by entering in your 8-digit serial number

2) Scroll, scroll, scroll until you see the Status section. Here you will see the most up-to-date information pertaining to your mark.

a. If you sent the USPTO an email, it will say Communication Received from Applicant

b. If the USPTO sent you an email, it will say {Name of Document, e.g. Non-Final Action)} e-mailed

If you sent an email to the USPTO or should have received an email from the USPTO but did NOT, take these steps:

1) If you've been assigned to an examining attorney, contact them. This information can be found on your status page.

2) If you have NOT been assigned to an examining attorney, contact the Trademark Assistance Center at "800-786-9199 or 571-272-9250, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time."

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