New Optional "ID Assistance" Tool
On or about Saturday, August 24, 2013, the USPTO will be adding an optional tool to the regular Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) application form (i.e., non-TEAS Plus) to help applicants enter acceptable identifications of goods and services (IDs). The tool will not appear in the TEAS PLUS application because it is not needed there. The regular TEAS initial application form is available on the USPTO website at http://teas.uspto.gov/forms/bas/.
The section of the regular TEAS application form for entering free-text IDs will be expanded to include a new "ID Assistance" tool. This will allow the user to enter one or more IDs into the existing free-form text field for comparison with entries in the USPTO's Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual (ID Manual). The tool will inform the user if a listed good or service is an identical match to an ID Manual entry, is a possible match, or is not found. Please see the detailed instructions for more information.
This tool is our first ID selection tool for the public and is very basic. We expect to develop a more sophisticated ID selection tool in the future. The USPTO is seeking user feedback relating to the specific functions in the tool and the need for additional capability or functionality. Feedback and suggestions must be submitted to TMFeedback@uspto.gov, and will be considered during the design phase of a new electronic filing system.
NOTE: To accommodate this deployment, TEAS will be unavailable from 10:30 p.m. Saturday, August 24th to 5:30 a.m. Sunday, August 25th. We apologize for any inconveniences.