Using the TEAS Attorney Withdrawal Form and the TEAS Change Address or Representation Form

Form: Request for Withdrawal as Attorney of Record/Update of USPTO’s Database After Power of Attorney Ends 


What is the purpose of this form? 

An attorney of record may use the Request for Withdrawal as Attorney of Record/Update of USPTO's Database After Power of Attorney Ends form to request withdrawal.  In addition, attorneys can use the form to remove their information from the current attorney and correspondence fields of an application/registration record when a power of attorney has ended, such as when the relevant mark has registered or there has been a change in ownership of the mark.   

If we accept an attorney’s withdrawal, we will remove the attorney’s contact information from the current attorney name and correspondence fields in the relevant USPTO databases, though this information will remain viewable in the previously filed documents of record. 

Use a different form, the Change Address or Representation form if:

  • The attorney who is withdrawing is being replaced by another previously appointed associate attorney.
  • The domestic representative wishes to withdraw.

How does this form affect the correspondence information? 

It will change the correspondence information to that of the trademark owner. The USPTO will send any future correspondence to the email address of the trademark owner until a new attorney appears, or a new power of attorney if files, or an update to the owner email address is filed.

What information and fee does this form require?

For mandatory or permissive withdrawals, withdrawing attorneys must select and attest to the form’s statements indicating that they have taken the required actions to avoid prejudice to the applicant or registrant.  This includes ensuring that the applicant's or registrant's email address is current to enable the applicant or registrant to receive USPTO communications once the attorney withdraws.

An attorney using the form to update our records after a power of attorney has ended must select and attest to the form’s statement indicating that the power of attorney has ended and that the attorney has not subsequently appeared before the USPTO on behalf of the applicant or registrant in a matter relating to the relevant application or registration. 

Is there a fee for this form?

No.

Can a single form be filed for multiple applications or registrations?

Yes, as long as the applications and registration identify the same owner. 

Who must sign this form?

The attorney requesting the withdrawal or removal of their data must sign the form.

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Form: Change Address or Representation


What is the purpose of this form?

The Change Address or Representation form may be used to:

  • Change addresses for:
    • trademark owners
    • appointed/appearing attorneys
    • domestic representatives
  • Change bar information for appointed attorneys
  • Withdraw as domestic representative
  • Revoke or appoint an attorney
  • Revoke or appoint a domestic representative
  • Replace an attorney of record with another already-appointed attorney

Note on attorney appearance versus appointment of attorney: We will recognize a newly appearing U.S.-licensed attorney as the representative of a previously unrepresented (pro se) applicant or registrant when the attorney signs a document submitted to us on behalf of the applicant or registrant. Certain TEAS forms, including forms for filing responses and voluntary amendments, permit an attorney newly appearing on behalf of a pro se applicant or registrant to indicate that they are filing the form. The newly appearing attorney must complete the required fields in the “Attorney Section” of the form to ensure that the “Attorney of Record” data in the Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) database is updated once the form is filed. A separate power or appointment of attorney is not necessary in this situation.

How does this form affect the correspondence information? 

Once the USPTO accepts the form, the USPTO will send future correspondence to (1) the appointed attorney, if any, otherwise (2)  trademark owner.

What information is required on this form?

If not previously provided, the form will require the following:

  • The owner’s mailing address and email address.
  • The already appointed attorney’s postal address, email address, and bar information.
  • The already appointed domestic representative’s postal address and email address.
  • When a new attorney is appointed, the form requires the newly appointed attorney's name, postal address, email address, and bar information.
  • When a new domestic representative is appointed, the form requires the newly appointed domestic representative's name, postal address, and email address.

Is there a fee for this form?

No.

Can a single form be filed for multiple applications and registrations?

Yes, as along as the applications and registration identify the same owner and the same attorney or domestic representative, if so appointed. The resulting primary email address for correspondence will be the same for all applications and registrations.

Who must sign this form?

For revocations, to revoke the power of attorney for all previously appointed attorneys (i.e., the primary attorney of record and all other appointed attorneys, if any), the form must be signed by the individual applicant/registrant or by a person authorized to legally bind a juristic applicant/registrant (e.g., an officer of a corporation or a partner in a partnership). The form may not be signed by the original attorney of record or the new attorney of record.  In-house counsel may not revoke or appoint a power of attorney unless he or she is also authorized to legally bind the applicant/registrant (i.e., corporate officer or the equivalent).  

For appointment or removal of associate or “other appointed attorneys,” the current attorney of record must sign. 
To update attorney address or bar information, if one is appointed, or change owner or domestic representative information, the current attorney of record must sign.

To appear for the first time on behalf of a pro se owner, the new attorney must sign. The new attorney must provide their name, postal address, email address, and bar information.

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Questions?

Questions, comments, or suggestions regarding these forms may be sent to teas@uspto.gov. Include the following information with your message: (1) your name, (2) your telephone number, (3) the relevant serial number and/or registration number, if applicable, and (4) the name of the relevant form.

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