USPTO moving toward issuing electronic registration certificates

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will start issuing electronic trademark registration certificates in 2022. These will be the official registration certificates.

Why this change is occurring

Over the years, many of our customers indicated that they would prefer to receive their trademark registration certificate in a digital format rather than as a paper certificate. In response to this feedback, we’re planning to begin issuing trademark registrations via electronic certificates. This change will make certificates more accessible and decrease the time for customers to receive them, while simultaneously furthering the USPTO's efforts to implement beginning-to-end electronic processing for trademark applications.

How electronic registration certificate issuance will work

After the change, trademark registration certificates will no longer be issued by printing the registration certificate on paper and mailing the certificate to the correspondence address of record. Instead, the registration will be issued electronically by the USPTO under electronic signature of the Director and digital seal, which serves to authenticate the registration. The USPTO will upload official registration certificates to the Trademark Status & Document Retrieval (TSDR) system and email trademark owners a link to access their certificates upon issue. You can view, download, and print a complete copy of your registration certificate at any time and for no charge.

Request a presentation copy of the trademark registration

While the USPTO will no longer send paper registration certificates upon issue, you'll be able to purchase a printed copy of the first page of the issued registration that is suitable for framing. These presentation copies are printed on heavier paper, feature a gold foil seal, identify the owners, display bibliographic data, and indicate the trademark and classes of goods or services. You'll be able to request presentation copies for $25 per copy using a form in the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS).

Request a certified copy of the trademark registration

Trademark owners will also still be able to order a certified copy of their trademark registration for a fee. You can use this printed copy of the registration certificate, which certifies its status and title and includes the signature of an authorized certifying officer, in connection with legal proceedings and some filings abroad. For more information about ordering certified copies of trademark registrations, visit the USPTO Certified Copy Center.

Tell us what you think

To learn more about electronic registration certificates and how to submit comments, see the Federal Register Notice on Regulations.gov. We’ll accept comments from the public until January 14, 2022.