Highlights of TEAS 5.4 Release

The following significant changes to TEAS are scheduled to be implemented on July 11, 2015. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the release, please contact TEAS@uspto.gov.

All Forms

  • Revised text and rule citations to correspond with updated Trademark Rules of Practice.  The USPTO is amending the rules related to collective trademarks, collective service marks, collective membership marks, and certification marks to clarify application requirements, allegations-of use-requirements, multiple-class application requirements, and registration-maintenance requirements for such marks.  The rule published in the Federal Register (80 Fed. Reg. 33,170 (June 11, 2015)), and will become effective July 11, 2015. This rule primarily codifies current USPTO practice and provides the public more transparent and detailed guidance regarding registering and maintaining registrations for these types of marks. It contains a new requirement for owners of certification marks filing registration maintenance documents with the USPTO to include certification standards, in the event the standards were not previously provided or have changed. This rule will help ensure that the public record contains current information about what standards are being used to certify goods under the mark. The rule also includes some amendments that do not specifically refer to certification or collective marks because, in adding detail regarding these types of marks, some broader changes were required to create consistency, to streamline the rules, and to consolidate text and add headings for ease of use.
  • Enhanced the size limit for each PDF attachment in TEAS to 30 MB.  Previously, the size limit was 5 MB per attachment. 
  • Updated the supported-browser notice to specify that users of the Internet Explorer browser must have Internet Explorer 9 or above to ensure optimal performance of TEAS. 
  • Ensured that all entity changes appear in both the Input Table and Text version of the forms and are uploaded to TSDR.
  • Enhanced the forms to check for malformed email addresses prior to submission of the forms. 
  • Updated certain instruction language to ensure clarity.

Initial Application Forms

  • Enhanced to include links to the TEAS Nuts and Bolts video series (http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-getting-started/trademark-basics/teas-nuts-and-bolts-videos).  This series features short videos explaining how to fill out each section of the application. 
  • Fixed bug in the Certification Mark application form to ensure that goods are classified in Class A and services in Class B, pursuant to 37 C.F.R. §6.3.
  • Fixed bug to ensure that quotes entered into the goods/services field are not converted into question marks.
  • Fixed bug to ensure that users with more than 100 goods/services entries from the ID Manual are able to attach specimens when filing under a §1(a) basis. 
  • Fixed bug to ensure that users who move from the standard-character-mark radio button to the special-form-mark radio button in the Mark Information section of the form do not receive a pop-up message stating that there was a problem fetching data.
  • Updated references in text to goods/services to, where appropriate, include language appropriate for certification marks and collective trademarks/service marks.
  • Revised §2(f) claim statements for prior registrations to refer to “sufficiently similar” goods/services, rather than “related” goods/services.
  • Updated concurrent-use-requirement language to ensure clarity.
  • Updated use/intent-to-use verification statements to remove references to use by the applicant’s related company, licensee, or predecessor in interest.
  • Updated §§1(b), 44(d), and 44(e) verification statements to indicate that the applicant has a bona fide intention, and is entitled, to use, or control use of, the mark in commerce.
  • Updated verification statements to ensure clarity and compliance with all requirements.
  • Updated validation-page to include additional warning language regarding refunds, confidentiality, and solicitations from private companies.

Response Forms

  • Fixed bug in the Response to Suspension Inquiry form to ensure that the mark image is displayed in the text form when using the e-signature option.
  • Fixed bug in the Response to Suspension Inquiry form to ensure that the link for the "Textform with Handwritten Signature" appears when a handwritten declaration is attached and the form is sent to a third party for response signature.
  • Fixed bug in the Response to Suspension Inquiry form to ensure that the form retains uploaded PDF or JPG images of executed declarations.
  • Fixed bug in the Response to Office action form to ensure that information in the Miscellaneous Statement field appears in TSDR.
  • Fixed bug in the Post-Approval/Publication/Post-Notice of Allowance (NOA) Amendment Form to ensure that the entire international address populates in the address fields.
  • Fixed bug in the Post-Approval/Publication/Post-Notice of Allowance (NOA) Amendment Form to ensure that the form populates with “Canada” and not “California” when the correspondence address is in Canada.
  • Updated references in text to goods/services to, where appropriate, include language appropriate for certification marks and collective trademarks/service marks.
  • Updated verification statements to both ensure clarity and compliance with all requirements, and to, where appropriate, include proper statements for certification marks and collective trademarks/service marks.
  • Updated specimen verification statement to include required statements regarding previously submitted illegible specimens.
  • Updated use/intent-to-use verification statements to remove references to use by the applicant’s related company, licensee, or predecessor in interest.
  • Updated §2(f) claim section language to include options for appropriate claims for trademark/service marks, collective trademarks/service marks, collective membership marks, and certification marks.
  • Revised §2(f) claim statements for prior registrations to refer to “sufficiently similar” goods/services, rather than “related” goods/services.
  • Updated §§1(b), 44(d), and 44(e) verification statements to indicate that the applicant has a bona fide intention, and is entitled, to use, or control use of, the mark in commerce.
  • Updated validation page to include additional warning language regarding refunds, confidentiality, and solicitations from private companies.

ITU Forms

  • Added additional selectable ongoing-efforts statement options in the Request for Extension of Time to File a Statement of Use form.
  • Modified the Help instructions in the Extension Request Form to clarify that ongoing efforts to use the mark in commerce include efforts to securing funding and to provide examples of activities that would not be acceptable, such as physical illness or disability or lack of staff and resources due to economic downturn.
  • Fixed bug in Post-Approval/Publication/Post-Notice of Allowance (NOA) form to ensure that that the form can be filed after a Notice of Allowance has issued, a Statement of Use (SOU) has been filed, and the initial processing of the SOU has been completed.
  • Enhanced all forms to ensure that multiple-owner information populates correctly and, where appropriate, users may add and delete owners.
  • Updated references in text to goods/services to, where appropriate, include language appropriate for certification marks and collective trademarks/service marks.
  • Updated specimen verification statement to include required statements regarding previously submitted illegible specimens.
  • Updated verification statements to ensure clarity and compliance with all requirements, and to, where appropriate, include proper statements for certification marks and collective trademarks/service marks.
  • Updated validation page to include additional warning language regarding refunds, confidentiality, and solicitations from private companies.

Petition Forms

  • Enhanced the Petition to the Director and Petition to Director to Review Denial of Certification of International Application forms to allow users to pay the fees for certifying an international application (fee codes 7901 and 7902). 
  • Fixed bug in the Petition to Revive an Abandoned Application – Failure to File Time Statement of Use or Extension Request form to ensure that changes to the owner’s address information appear correctly in the text version of the filing.
  • Fixed bug in the Letter of Protest form to prevent question marks from appearing in the description-of-evidence field when users enter wording.
  • Updated references in text to goods/services to, where appropriate, include language appropriate for certification marks and collective trademarks/service marks.
  • Updated use/intent-to-use verification statements to remove references to use by the applicant’s related company, licensee, or predecessor in interest.
  • Updated §§1(b), 44(d), and 44(e) verification statements to indicate that the applicant has a bona fide intention, and is entitled, to use, or control use of, the mark in commerce.
  • Updated §2(f) claim section language to include options for appropriate claims for trademark/service marks, collective trademarks/service marks, collective membership marks, and certification marks.
  • Revised §2(f) claim statements for prior registrations to refer to “sufficiently similar” goods/services, rather than “related” goods/services.
  • Updated specimen verification statement to include required statements regarding previously submitted illegible specimens.
  • Updated verification statements in certain forms to ensure clarity and compliance with all requirements, and to, where appropriate, include proper statements for certification marks and collective trademarks/service marks.
  • Updated validation page of certain forms to include additional warning language regarding refunds, confidentiality, and solicitations from private companies.  

Post Registration Forms

  • Enhanced the Section 7 Request for Amendment or Correction of Registration Certificate form to allow the entry of information for "other appointed attorneys."
  • Revised text used when attaching a specimen to delete the wording “To attach your image" and replace with the wording "To attach your specimen."
  • Enhanced the Response to Office action form for Post Registration matters to allow users to pay the fee for correcting a deficiency in a Section 8 filing (fee code 7207). 
  • Fixed bug in Post Registration forms that substituted “09” into the form instead of the entity type “Joint Stock Company.”
  • Added a blocking edit to the Combined Declaration of Use & Incontestability under Sections 71 & 15 form to prevent customers from filing multiple Section 15 affidavits and to ensure that grace period fees are only charged during the grace period. 
  • Enhanced all Post Registration forms to ensure that multiple-owner information populates correctly and, where appropriate, users may add and delete owners.
  • Fixed bug in Post Registration forms to ensure that legal-entity information in the state and/or country field is populated from the USPTO’s database and does not have to be re-entered by the customer.
  • Fixed bug in the Section 7 Request for Amendment or Correction of Registration Certificate form to ensure that the citizenship information is updated when a filer amends the entity type from a corporation to an individual.
  • Updated references in text to goods/services to, where appropriate, include language appropriate for certification marks and collective trademarks/service marks.
  • Updated miscellaneous information page of certain forms to set out the additional information required in continued use or excusable nonuse filings for collective and certification mark registrations.
  • Updated verification statements in certain forms to ensure clarity and compliance with all requirements, and to, where appropriate, include proper statements for certification marks and collective trademarks/service marks.
  • Updated validation page to include additional warning language regarding refunds, confidentiality, and solicitations from private companies.