After you submit an online form, read this page for important information on:
Your duty to check application and registration status
After you submit an online form to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it’s your responsibility to check the status of your application or registration in our database, Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR). Through this database, you can see where you are in the application or post-registration process and you can review documents stored in your application or registration record.
You can also sign up to receive email notifications when status changes. Create a MyUSPTO.gov account to set up email notifications and add other features to personalize your trademark docket.
NOTE: Four to five business days after you submit an online form, check the documents tab in TSDR. If your documents do not appear in TSDR after four to five days, please email TrademarkAssistanceCenter@uspto.gov.
Unauthorized changes to your file
If you are notified about a change to your application or registration that you did not authorize, including a change to one or more email addresses, report it to us by forwarding the original “alert” email message to TEAS@uspto.gov with the following information:
- Your name and your direct telephone number
- The application serial number(s) and/or registration number(s) affected by the allegedly unauthorized change
- The date and time of the alert message
- A brief explanation of your relationship to the named applicant/registrant of record
- Any other information you believe may be pertinent to your particular situation
Unauthorized changes have been made to a number of active trademark applications and registrations. These changes may be part of a scheme to register the marks of others on third-party “brand registries.” If you own a registration that you believe may have been impacted by an unauthorized change of correspondence filing, please report it to us at TEAS@uspto.gov and consider contacting any third-party brand registry with which you, your company, or your client may have an ongoing relationship.
Learn more about potentially unauthorized correspondence changes to your application and registration.
Correcting filing errors
Not all filing errors are correctable—read this before you submit any forms to correct an error
Review your filing receipt carefully. If you find an error in your filing receipt immediately after submitting your form, call the Trademark Assistance Center at 1-800-786-9199 (option 1) or email TrademarkAssistanceCenter@uspto.gov.
If your error is not correctable, you may need to submit a new application form. However, your filing fee cannot be refunded. The filing fee is a processing fee that we charge even if your mark is not registered.
Correcting filing errors using online forms
You can submit a proposed correction (amendment) through our Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS). The form to use depends on the status of your application or registration as identified in TSDR.
NOTE: the following instructions apply only to errors that you made when submitting an online form. For errors made by the USPTO, visit the Contact Trademarks page for information on requesting corrections.
Click on one of the following four situations for instructions on correcting errors based on the status of your application or registration in TSDR.
Understanding which errors are correctable
After you submit your amendment, we will determine whether your error is correctable. See the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) for explanations and examples of acceptable corrections. For example:
Petitioning the director
In some cases, if your amendment is not accepted, you may have the option to file a petition to the director to review the decision. See TMEP §1700 for further information.
Requirements for electronic correspondence for TEAS RF and TEAS Plus applicants
If you submitted a TEAS RF or TEAS Plus application form, you agreed to receive correspondence from us by email, and you agreed to submit certain forms online (see a complete list of these documents).
To meet the requirements for electronic correspondence, you must maintain a valid email address and make sure your email server will accept USPTO email and not treat it as spam. If your email address changes, you must update the correspondence address using the address forms on our website.
TEAS RF and TEAS Plus applicants who do not meet these requirements will be required to submit an additional processing fee of $125 per international class of goods or services.