The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues its move this week to new consolidated headquarters in Alexandria, Va., with the relocation of the trademark operation and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Over the next two months, the entire trademark examining operation, its supporting divisions and the TTAB will begin to conduct business in the new facility. They will occupy several floors of the east and west wings of the Madison building located at 600 Dulany Street.
The Trademark Assistance Center, which provides general information about the trademark registration process and status of trademark applications and registrations, will begin moving Friday evening, October 8, and be open for business on Tuesday morning, October 12. The drop point for all hand deliveries and in-person trademark filings is at the Trademark Assistance Center with a direct entrance from the street making it more convenient for the public. The center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays, and will be located in Madison East, Concourse Level, Room C55.
Trademark examining law offices will begin moving on October 12 and conclude on November 3.
All TTAB employees will move on November 3. At that time, all hearings in TTAB cases will be held in the new facilities in Alexandria.
USPTO's new headquarters is designed to facilitate optimum performance from the state-of-the-art technology the agency uses for full electronic processing of trademark applications. Trademark applicants and registrants are strongly encouraged to file documents via the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS), available at http://www.uspto.gov, and to file documents with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board via the Electronic System for Trademark Trials and Appeals (ESTTA), available at http://estta.uspto.gov. This is especially important during the transition to the new offices to avoid delays in processing.
For additional information on the trademark operation's move to the new facility, see: http://www.uspto.gov/web/trademarks/notices/tmmovenotice.html.
At the conclusion of the agency's move in the early spring of next year, over 7,000 USPTO employees and contractors will occupy the five buildings of the Alexandria campus.
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