by Katelyn Shindler (New York)
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced the transition from paper registration certificates to electronic registration certificates beginning May 24, 2022. From this date forward, the electronic trademark registration certificate, bearing the USPTO Director’s electronic signature and a digital seal, will serve as the official registration certificate. This transition is aimed at decreasing processing time for certificate issuance and making certificates more accessible to trademark owners and those with email addresses of record. After the USPTO transitions to electronic registration certificates, trademark owners will still have the option to order paper presentation copies. Trademark owners who filed their applications before May 24, 2022 may order one gratuitous presentation copy through the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS). For trademark owners who filed an initial application on or after May 24th, presentation copies will be available for order at $25 per copy. However, presentation copies do not certify the trademark’s status and title or include the signature of an authorized certifying officer. Trademark owners can order a certified copy of their registration for $15. For further information, see the USPTO’s Federal Register Notice.
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