USPTO issuing electronic registration certificates

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) accelerated the transition to electronic registration certificates. We began issuing electronic registration certificates on May 24, approximately two weeks earlier than previously announced.

The new date accelerated the benefits of the electronic certificates, quickly adjusted for a paper vendor disruption that recently presented, and improved the resiliency of the USPTO to issue trademark registrations going forward. 

Registrants are able to order printed presentation copies of their registration certificate. 

Why this change occurred

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 began issuing trademark registrations via electronic certificates to anyone whose trademark registers. This change makes certificates more accessible and decreases the time for customers to receive them, while simultaneously furthering the USPTO's efforts to implement beginning-to-end electronic processing for trademark applications.

Receive your official registration

Trademark registration certificates are no longer issued by printing the registration certificate on paper and mailing the certificate to the correspondence address of record. Instead, the registration is issued electronically by the USPTO under electronic signature of the Director and with a digital seal, which serves to authenticate the registration. The USPTO uploads official registration certificates to the Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) system and emails trademark owners and all email addresses of record 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 copy of the registration

While the USPTO no longer sends paper registration certificates upon issue, you can order printed copies.

Presentation copy

Presentation copies are suitable for display and framing. They are a one-page condensed copy of the issued registration printed on heavy paper. They feature a gold foil seal, identify the owners, display bibliographic data, and indicate the trademark and classes of goods or services, but do not list the goods and services. Presentation copies are not registration certificates or certified copies of the trademark registration.

Trademark owners who filed an initial application before May 24, 2022, and whose registrations issue on or after May 24, 2022, can order one for free from the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS). Owners who file an initial application on or after May 24, 2022 can purchase one for $25. Presentation copies are only available to owners of electronic registration certificates that issue on or after May 24, 2022. To receive a copy, use the Order Trademark Presentation Copy of Registration Certificate form in TEAS.

Certified copy

Trademark owners can still order a certified copy of their trademark registration for $15. This printed copy certifies the trademark’s status and title, and includes the signature of an authorized certifying officer. You can use this copy 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.

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