TMEP 102: United States Patent and Trademark Office Website

October 2017 Edition of the TMEP

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102    United States Patent and Trademark Office Website

The USPTO website http://www.uspto.gov provides access to a wide variety of information about patents and trademarks, and offers electronic filing of trademark documents.

The Trademark Electronic Business Center on the USPTO website contains all the information needed for the entire registration process. A customer may search the Trademark database for conflicting marks using the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), file applications and other trademark documents online using the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS), check the status of applications and registrations and view and print images of the contents of trademark application and registration records through the Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) portal at http://tsdr.uspto.gov/.  See TMEP §104 regarding TESS, TMEP §108.01 regarding TSDR, TMEP §109.01 regarding electronic image records, and TMEP §301 for further information about electronic filing.

Trademark information available for downloading from the USPTO website includes the trademark statute and rules, Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure, Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual, Federal Register notices, Official Gazette notices, examination guides, and fee schedules.

Certified or uncertified copies of trademark documents can also be purchased over the Internet.  See TMEP §111 for further information.