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USPTO Moves to Electronic Trademark Registration Certificates

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced on May 24 that it had accelerated its transition to electronic trademark registration certificates.  Going forward, the USPTO joins other countries, including Canada and the EU, in only issuing electronic trademark registration certificates unless otherwise requested.  This change makes certificates more accessible and decreases the time between allowance and receipt, as certificates are now able to be immediately issued once the trademark application has moved to full allowance, as opposed from having to be printed and mailed.  In addition, this change allows us to report and forward these electronic certificates as soon as they are issued, so clients know that their valuable intellectual property is fully protected.

However, recognizing that some trademark owners may still prefer a printed copy of their trademark registration certificate, the USPTO is making paper certificates available for order.  For any trademark applications filed prior to May 24, 2022, there is no cost to request a paper certificate, while for any trademark applications filed on or after May 24, 2022, there will be a $25 processing fee for the USPTO to issue a paper certificate.

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Joseph S. Heino, trademark law, intellectual property law, Davis & Kuelthau, Milwaukee attorney

Joe is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney and a shareholder with the firm. He is experienced in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, as well as licensing and franchising. Joe represents a wide range of clients in the local, regional and national manufacturing and service sectors and helps those clients build fences around their intellectual property, allowing them to maintain technological and market advantages over their competitors throughout the world and in cyberspace.

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Erin Kaprelian Intellectual Property Lawyer

Erin is a member of Davis|Kuelthau’s Corporate Team in Milwaukee focusing primarily on intellectual property law.

Prior to joining the firm, Erin worked at a Minnesota law firm where she drafted patents relating to network management, network security, access point coordination, and related technologies. She also prosecuted patents relating to network management and security, access point coordination, cloud computing, data mining and analytics, enterprise communication, and related technologies.

Erin has actively served in the community by working at the Marquette Legal...