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USPTO Issuing E-Registration Certificates

Consistent with efforts to move to full electronic processing of trademark applications and registrations, as of Tuesday, May 24, 2022, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is issuing electronic trademark registration certificates.

Registrations will be issued under the electronic signature of the director of the USPTO and with a digital seal that authenticates the registration. The USPTO will upload official registration certificates to the Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) system and email a link to all email addresses of record to access certificates upon issue. Copies of registration certificates can be viewed, downloaded, and printed at any time and for no charge.

Trademark owners will have the option to order printed presentation copies and certified paper copies of their trademark registrations for a fee.

Presentation Copy

Presentation copies are suitable for display and framing. They are a one-page condensed copy of the issued registration printed on heavy paper. They feature a gold foil seal, identify the owners, display bibliographical data, and indicate the trademark and classes of goods or services. Presentation copies are not certified copies of the trademark registration.

Trademark owners who filed an initial application before May 24, 2022, can order one free from the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS). Owners who file an initial application on or after May 24, 2022, can purchase one for $25.

Certified Copy

Trademark owners can still order a certified copy of their trademark registration for $15. This printed copy certifies the trademark's status and title, and includes the signature of an authorized certifying officer. Certified copies can be used in connection with legal proceedings and to support certain filings outside of the United States.

Note: As of May 24, 2022, no paper copies will be provided unless expressly requested.

© 2022 Foley & Lardner LLPNational Law Review, Volume XII, Number 146
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