June 25, 2001, 11 a.m.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Museum
2121 Crystal Drive, Suite 0100
The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will celebrate the 100,000th web-based trademark filing at a ceremony on June 25, 2001, 11 a.m. at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Museum.
The Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) recorded the 100,000th application on June 4, 2001. The milestone application was filed by the General Electric Company for the mark "GE," which will be used on the company's plastic products.
"When we began accepting electronic applications in October 1998, our trademark operation not only moved onto the information highway, but soon raced out in front, establishing itself as a leader in the area of electronic government," said Nicholas Godici, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the USPTO. "This milestone is an incentive for more trademark applicants to do business online, and serves as an example of our continuing commitment to e-government."
"The USPTO's electronic filing system meshes perfectly with our paperless office initiative," said Kathryn Barrett Park, Trademark Counsel for General Electric Company. "The significant savings in both time and money over traditional paper transactions made the decision to switch to e-filing a no-brainer."
TEAS is an interactive, web-based system that anyone, regardless of experience, can use to file a federal trademark application. The system has improved the quality of initial applications and helps maintain the quality of application processing by allowing the customer to communicate directly with the trademark examining operation over the Internet.