The online TEAS and TEASi forms were updated on Saturday, December 18, to comply with the Trademark Modernization Act (TMA) and incorporate enhancements based on stakeholder suggestions.
All TEAS and TEASi forms
Added dedicated fields for owner domicile address on the Owner Information page of the forms to replace the existing free text field.
Post-registration maintenance forms
Block Sec. 15 filings during expungement or reexamination proceedings
Section 8 & 15, Section 15, and Sections 71 & 15 forms now prevent filing for registrations with an instituted and active expungement or reexamination cancellation proceeding.
Secondary email not stored in saved forms
The post-registration maintenance forms were updated to correctly store secondary email addresses that were provided on the Correspondence Information page for courtesy copies.
Post-Approval/Publication/Post-Notice of Allowance (NOA) Amendment form
Corrected a defect that was preventing the Sec. 44(d) filing basis radio button from properly displaying on the Update Goods/Services page.
Petition for Expungement or Reexamination form
Created a new form for third parties to request an expungement proceeding for cancellation of some or all of the goods or services in a registration because the registrant never used the trademark in commerce with those goods or services. Expungement proceedings must be requested between three and ten years after the registration date. Until December 27, 2023, however, a proceeding may be requested for any registration at least three years old, regardless of the ten-year limit.
Third parties will also be able to request a reexamination proceeding for cancellation of some or all goods or services in a registration on the basis that the trademark was not in use in commerce with those goods or services on or before a particular relevant date.
- When the underlying application was initially filed based on use of the trademark in commerce, the relevant date will be the filing date of the application.
- When the underlying application was filed with an intent-to-use basis, the relevant date will be the later of the date that an amendment to allege use was filed or the date that the deadline to file a statement of use expired.
Reexamination proceedings must be requested within the first five years after registration.
Response to Office Action for Post-Registration Matters form
Enhanced the form to allow responses to office actions and suspension inquiry letters issued to registrants during an expungement or reexamination cancellation proceeding.
Response to Petition Inquiry Letter form
Enhanced the form to accept responses to inquiry letters issued to petitioners in connection with a petition for expungement or reexamination. Changed form name from Response to Petition to Director Inquiry Letter to Response to Petition Inquiry Letter.
Letter of Protest form
Enhanced the form to prevent untimely letters of protest.