United States Patent and Trademark Office OG Notices: 23 April 2002
Reinstatement of Cancelled or Expired Registrations The Post Registration Section of the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO" or "Office") receives requests to reinstate registrations that expire or that are cancelled because papers mailed by or to the USPTO are never received. The purpose of this notice is to inform trademark registrants of the requirements and time limits for filing a request for reinstatement of a cancelled or expired registration. Request for Reinstatement A registrant may file a request to reinstate a registration if (1) the registration was cancelled or expired for failure to file (a) an affidavit under 15 U.S.C. 1058 ( 8 affidavit), (b) a renewal application under 15 U.S.C. 1059, or (c) a response to a post registration action refusing a 8 affidavit or renewal application and (2) the registrant has proof either that (a) the affidavit, renewal application or response was timely filed or (b) that non-receipt of the post registration action was due to USPTO error.1 The evidence that the Office will accept as proof that a document was timely filed includes: a postcard (identifying the 8 affidavit, renewal application or response) with a USPTO bar code label indicating the receipt date; evidence as required by 37 C.F.R. 1.8(b), if the documents were filed with a certificate of mailing or transmission; evidence as required by 37 C.F.R. 1.10(e), if the documents were deposited as "Express Mail" with the United States Postal Service; and proof that a proper 8 affidavit or renewal application was filed through the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS), in the form of a copy of an e-mail confirmation issued by the Office that includes the date of receipt and a summary of the submission. The Office will also accept evidence showing that a failure to receive a post registration action was due to USPTO error. An example of such an error is a failure by the USPTO to act upon a written request to change the correspondence address (see TMEP 603) that was filed before the action was mailed. There is no fee for filing a request for reinstatement. Time Limits for Filing Request for Reinstatement A registrant should file any request for reinstatement promptly upon becoming aware that it has not received an official action or notice from the USPTO, or that the USPTO has no evidence of receipt of registrant's 8 affidavit, renewal application, or response to a post registration action. While the Office is concerned about the loss of a registrant's rights in an inadvertently cancelled or expired registration, the Office must balance this concern with the interests of third parties who may diligently search USPTO records and rely on the cancelled or expired status of a registration. To avoid prejudice to third parties, the Office will deny a request for reinstatement as untimely if it is not filed within one year of the date of cancellation or expiration of the registration. Registrants are advised to periodically check the status of their registrations within the one-year period of filing a 8 affidavit, renewal application, or a response to a post registration action. Information concerning the status of a registration may be obtained by checking the Trademark Application Registration Retrieval (TARR) database available online at http://tarr.uspto.gov, or by calling the Trademark Status Line at (703) 305-8747. Notice of cancellation of a registration under 15 U.S.C. 1058, and notice of expiration of a registration under 15 U.S.C. 1059 are published in the Official Gazette. March 21, 2002 ANNE H. CHASSER Commissioner for Trademarks 1 If a registrant cannot prove that the cancellation or expiration of its registration resulted from Office error, the Office cannot grant a request to reinstate the registration. In such cases, the registrant's recourse is to either (a) file a new application, and/or (b) file a petition to the Director under 37 C.F.R. 2.146(a)(3) and (a)(5).