Electronic Trademark Applications Outnumber Paper Filings for the First Time

Press Release

Ruth Nyblod

Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) received more electronically filed applications than paper filings for registration of a trademark for the first time during September. Fifty-two percent of the applications were filed electronically using the Trademark Electronic Application System, or TEAS.

"The USPTO is a leader in e-government, much farther ahead than many of our counterparts abroad," said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property James E. Rogan. "This is another example of the USPTO's ongoing commitment to the President's management agenda for e-government and in fulfilling our 21st Century Strategic Plan of a fully electronic trademark operation."

Anne H. Chasser, Commissioner for Trademarks, added that, "We're very pleased to see that an increasing number of our customers are using the award-winning TEAS system and remain committed to our overall goal of being fully electronic in all of our operations by the end of 2003."

Trademark customers can access the same data that is used by the USPTO in processing and examining trademark applications and conduct nearly all of their trademark-related business electronically from the USPTO Web site at www.uspto.gov. Customers may search the status of pending and registered trademarks; conduct a preliminary search prior to filing an application; access general information, examination manuals, treaties, laws and regulations; obtain weekly information on marks published, registered and renewed; and file applications electronically.

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