USPTO modernizes patent, trademark assignment request process

USPTO’s online portals to accept all Assignment Recordation and Examination requests on August 1

Beginning August 1, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is streamlining the process for following new assignments, obtaining information on pending assignments, questions on assignments, liens on patents, filing assignments, recordation forms, and trademark assignments.

Going forward, users will submit requests virtually using the Electronic Patent Assignment System (EPAS) and Electronic Trademark Assignment System (ETAS) storefronts. Paper and fax assignment requests will be directed to the EPAS and ETAS storefronts for digital submissions.

The collection of assignment information is required by 15 U.S.C. § 1057 and 1060 and is used by the public to submit (and by the USPTO to process) patent and trademark assignment recordation requests using the EPAS and ETAS.

For more information, contact the Assignments Recordation Branch customer service personnel at or (571) 272-3350, or visit the Assignments Recordation Branch webpage on the USPTO website.