Trademark updates & announcements

Upcoming Events

January 8, 2020

Join us for an interactive Q&A session with the USPTO's Trademark Experts. This month's presentation will cover navigating the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), the Identification of Goods and Services Manual, and the maintaining of federal trademark registrations. Make sure to bring your...

February 2, 2020

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu will provide a keynote speech on February 2, 2020, at the Billionaire Weekend for Women in Austin, Texas. The weekend is designed to power the vision of founder Ingrid Vanderveldt...

February 5, 2020

Join us at the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where we will host an interactive Q&A session with trademark experts from the USPTO's Trademark Assistance Center. This presentation will cover topics including navigating the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS),...

March 4, 2020

Join us for an interactive Q&A session with the USPTO's Trademark Experts. This month's presentation will cover navigating the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), the Identification of Goods and Services Manual, and the maintaining of federal trademark registrations. Make sure to bring your...

March 10, 2020

Now that you have registered your trademark, you must properly maintain both the trademark and the registration. Learn about required post-registration maintenance filings, as well as optional filings that can help ensure your federal registration protects your trademark for years to come. We'll...

March 17, 2020

Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office Director Hope Shimabuku will serve as a panelist on the topic of "The Gender Gap: Addressing STEM Education, Funding & Inventorship" at the IPWatchdog Con2020 in Dallas, Texas. Regional Director Shimabuku's panel is scheduled from 2:30-3:30 p...

News & Updates

Safeguarding attorney information from improper use in trademark filings

To help the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) maintain the integrity of the trademark filing process, we recommend that attorneys proactively monitor our database for trademark filings that use their names, signatures, and contact information without their knowledge or consent. We’re...

USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 12,...

After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0

The After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) has been extended through September 30, 2020 . AFCP 2.0 is part of the USPTO's on-going efforts towards compact prosecution and increased collaboration between examiners and stakeholders. AFCP Response Form (PTO-2323) The AFCP Response Form (PTO...

USPTO Announces 2018 National Trademark Exposition

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that it will host the 2018 National Trademark Exposition at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution on Friday, July...

USPTO Proposes Reducing Certain Trademark Fees To Lower Costs And Promote Efficiency For Customers

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to reduce fees for many new trademark applications and most renewals of registration. USPTO also proposes a new Trademark Electronic Application...

USPTO Announces 2014 National Trademark Expo

Washington - The U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host the 2014 National Trademark Expo on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The free, two-day event, which attracts thousands of...

USPTO Launches New Glossary Pilot Program to Promote Patent Claim Clarity

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of its new Glossary Pilot Program as part of ongoing Obama administration efforts to strengthen the U.S. patent system. The pilot, which will begin on June 2 and run through...

USPTO to Host Roundtable on Crowdsourcing Access to Prior Art

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a roundtable to solicit public opinion on boosting crowdsourcing and third-party preissuance submissions identifying relevant prior art. The goal of this outreach is to enhance the quality of...

Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products

On March 4, 2014, the Office published a guidance memorandum titled Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products ( Guidance ). The Guidance implements a new procedure to address changes in the law relating...

Notice of Delegation to Commissioner for Patents and Notice of Delegation to Commissioner for Trademarks

Notice of Delegation to Commissioner for Patents As previously established through the USPTO's Agency Organization Order 45-1, dated June 24, 2002, and pursuant to a further delegation issued on November 15, 2013, the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property...