Friday, November 18, 2011

Ch-Ch-Changes Coming to the USPTO Filing System

Starting November 19th, the USPTO is instituting several changes to their TEAS or Trademark Electronic Application System. Nothing too major really. Here are some highlights:

1) "Applicants will have the opportunity to list multiple email addresses" -- there can only be one primary email and any others are to be considered "courtesy emails."

2) "Sound/motion/multimedia files (.wav, .wmv, .wma, .mp3, .mpg, or .avi formats, not exceeding 5 MB in size for audio files and 30 MB for video files) may be filed directly as part of the form" -- this is going to apply for new applications only.

3) There will be a new voluntary amendment form available for "dba" applicants to ensure that section is filled out correctly.

4) "Links for Trademark Information Network “how-to” videos incorporated into appropriate sections of the forms (e.g., at applicant section, drawing section, goods/services section)."

The last point, actually, makes me a bit concerned in that this may provide people a false sense of security when it comes to filing trademarks. There are just so many variables for each and every application that generalized instructions may lull folks into a false sense of complacency. I'll take a look at these videos once they launch and write up reviews for our TradeMark Express blog readers.

Here's the entire press release. Any other changes stand out to you?


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