Correspondence and Attorney/Domestic Representative Forms
1. Change of Correspondence Address Form [< This is the direct link to the electronic form.]
Use this form only to change a Correspondence Address. To change either an actual Power of Attorney or Appointment of Domestic Representative, use the Revocation of Attorney/Domestic Representative and/or Appointment of Attorney/Domestic Representative form. To change the physical address of the applicant or owner, use the Change of Owner's Address form.
WARNING: The Change of Correspondence Address form and the Change of Owner's Address form may not be used to change the applicant’s name or to transfer ownership of an application or registration from one party to another. Those steps must be done through the Assignments Division. To file an Assignment electronically, click here.
2. Change Of Owner's Address Form [< This is the direct link to the electronic form.]
Use this form to change the owner's address for an application or registration (which may be the same as, or differ from, the correspondence address). This form may not be used for applications or registrations based on the Madrid Protocol (Section 66(a) of the Act).
NOTE: Changing the owner's address does not record or effect changes to the applicant's or registrant's name, nor record or effect transfers of ownership of an application or registration from one party to another. You must file such recordals with the Assignments Division. To file an Assignment electronically, click here.
Also, changing the owner's address will not effect changes to the correspondence address that the Office will use unless the owner's address and the correspondence address are identical. To change the correspondence address for an application or registration, please use the Change of Correspondence Address form.
WARNING: ONLY the applicant or its attorney is qualified to sign this form requesting a change of the owner's address data.
NOTE TO REGISTRANTS: Use of this form to change the owner's address will not automatically generate an "updated registration certificate" (URC). To obtain an URC that reflects the new address, you must submit a written request for the URC pursuant to §7 of the Act, along with the required fee. See 37 C.F.R. §2.173(e).
NOTE TO MADRID PROTOCOL APPLICANTS: You must file a change to the name or address of a holder of an extension of protection of an international registration to the United States directly with the International Bureau (IB) of the World Intellectual Property Organization, through Form MM9. Madrid Protocol Article 9bis. Once the change is recorded in the International Register, the IB will notify the USPTO and the USPTO will update its records.
3. Change of Domestic Representative's Address [< This is the direct link to the electronic form.]
Use this form only if currently a Domestic Representative has been appointed, and you must now change the specific physical address for that representative.
4. Withdrawal of Attorney [< This is the direct link to the electronic form.]
Use this form if you are seeking to withdraw as the Attorney of Record for either a pending application or a registered mark. Within this form, you must be able to state clearly the reason(s) for the request to withdraw, and verify that you have taken all required steps (as set out in the body of the form) prior to the submission of the request.
5. Replacement of Attorney of Record with Another Already-Appointed Attorney [< This is the direct link to the electronic form.]
Use this form only if you have already filed an application with the USPTO and have designated an attorney as the attorney of record, and also named other appointed or associate attorneys, either in the application itself or in a separate Power of Attorney. Specifically, this form should be used if the named attorney of record is being replaced by another previously appointed associate attorney (e.g., if the attorney of record is leaving the firm, but the other appointed attorney(s) will continue to represent the applicant). Do not use this form if the applicant is revoking the original power of attorney as to all the listed attorneys and appointing a new attorney.
WARNING: By signing and submitting this form you confirm that you are an attorney previously identified in the application record whose power of attorney has not been revoked by the applicant/registrant.
6. Revocation of Attorney/Domestic Representative and/or Appointment of Attorney/Domestic Representative [< This is the direct link to the electronic form.]
Use this form to revoke and/or appoint an attorney or domestic representative.
NOTE: The owner of a mark may file and prosecute his or her own application for registration of the mark, or he or she may be represented by a practitioner qualified under 37 C.F.R. §11.14 to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in trademark cases. 37 C.F.R. §§2.11 and 11.14. If the applicant's address is outside the United States, the applicant may appoint a Domestic Representative, upon whom notice or process in the proceedings affecting the mark may be served. The designation would serve the purpose of bringing a foreign party who takes advantage of the United States trademark registration system under the jurisdiction of the United States legal system. Any juristic entity may serve as a domestic representative.
If the owner files a revocation of an existing power of attorney, future correspondence will be sent either to (1) the owner, if no new attorney is appointed; (2) the address as listed as part of any new power of attorney; or (3) the domestic representative, if no attorney is appointed.
If the owner is represented by a practitioner qualified under 37 C.F.R. §10.14 to practice before the USPTO in trademark cases, the Office will communicate only with the practitioner, unless that representation is terminated without replacement. If the owner contacts the Office regarding the application, the Office will advise the owner that matters can be discussed only with the owner's appointed attorney.
WHO MAY SIGN THIS FORM: If the USPTO has not ceased to recognize the original attorney of record (that is, the attorney has neither withdrawn nor been revoked and the application is not registered, assigned to a different owner, or abandoned), he/she may sign. If he/she has already left the firm, but another appointed attorney appeared in the original application or other Power of Attorney, then that person can use this form to add new associate(s) and then use the “Replacement of Attorney of Record with Another Already-Appointed Attorney" form (#5, above) to remove the original attorney and move up into the “primary attorney” position.
7. Request to Withdraw as Domestic Representative [< This is the direct link to the electronic form.]
Use this form only if the applicant has already filed an application with USPTO and has designated a domestic representative by either (1) setting forth the name and address of the domestic representative in the initial application; or (2) filing a separate designation, signed by the applicant or someone with legal authority to bind the applicant, setting forth the name and address of the domestic representative. Specifically, this form should be used if you have been previously designated as the domestic representative and now wish to withdraw from that role for any reason.