How does my USPTO.gov account work with identity verification?
A USPTO.gov account is required to access TEAS and TEASi. When you create a USPTO.gov account, you provide your name and primary email address. After verification, the name field is locked and your account is authorized. This helps the USPTO ensure that a person using the trademark system to enter information or make changes is authorized to do so.
Will the name and postal address in my verified USPTO.gov account appear in my TEAS or TEASi filings?
No. The name and postal address in your account is used only for validation purposes. It will not automatically appear on any form or on any filing that is available to the public. The information that appears publicly is the information that you submit in the TEAS or TEASi form.
What if I need to change my verified name, email address, or user role?
After your identity is verified, you won't be able to change certain details in your account without making a request. Email TEAS@uspto.gov for instructions on making changes to the following details in your USPTO.gov account:
- Account email address
- Verified name
- User role
When emailing us, please provide your current USPTO.gov account email address, name, and user role to help speed up the request.
Am I required to use my verified name when filing trademark documents?
No. The name on your account does not need to exactly match the name that you use when filing, as long as both names are truthful and meet our other signature requirements. We understand that many people experience issues updating their records after a name change. We also understand that many people use nicknames, middle names, or other names professionally. If, however, the name on a filing doesn’t seem to identify the same person named in the account, we may inquire about it.
Can I use a company account?
No. Each USPTO.gov account must correspond to a single person. Company accounts are not currently allowed, and will continue to be disallowed for identity verification purposes. You won’t be able to verify an account that has a company, firm, or other entity name in the account holder name fields.
Can I share my account with others?
Can I have duplicate accounts, such as one for myself and one for work?
Each individual person may only have one trademark verified account used to access trademark filing systems. This prevents bad actors from abusing our filing systems and scamming our customers. When filing, you may still enter your alternative contact information into the record. It doesn't need to be the same that is associated with your verified USPTO.gov account.
Can I use a separate account to pay for filings?
You may have only one trademark verified USPTO.gov account, and you must remain logged into that same account to enter your fee payment information during filing. It is currently not possible to pay for a filing from an unverified USPTO.gov account. However, to help manage your payments, you may do any of the following:
- Create and add multiple USPTO deposit accounts to Financial Manager in your trademark verified USPTO.gov account
- Contact the administrator of an existing deposit account and request that your trademark verified USPTO.gov account email address be added as an authorized user for it
- Use the “pay as a guest” feature to make a payment using a credit card that is not associated with your Financial Manager
I already verified my identity for patent filing purposes. Now what?
If you’ve previously verified your identity as a patent-proofed practitioner or patent-proofed independent inventor in order to access the patent filing systems EFS-Web and Patent Center, you do not need to verify your identity again to access TEAS or TEASi. Follow these steps to confirm your trademark verified status:
- Log into your USPTO.gov account that you've previously verified as a Patent customer.
- Go to the Trademark account ID verification page.
- Under "ID verification options," you'll see a message indicating you have already been verified as a Patent customer. If you don't see this, you are not logged in with a patent-proofed account.
- Below, select the appropriate trademark user role and continue.
- Your account will be automatically updated.
Remember to log in with your patent-proofed USPTO.gov account. If you created a new account or logged in with any different account, you will be asked to verify your identity. Patent customers who are currently sponsored as Proofed Practitioner Support will need to be separately sponsored as Attorney Support Staff in the trademark system by a verified attorney using the Trademark sponsorship tool before they can access TEAS and TEASi.