T.M.E.P. § 603.02
Changing the Correspondence Address

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603.02 Changing the Correspondence Address

To expedite processing, notices of change of correspondence address should be filed through TEAS, at www.uspto.gov/teas/index.html. When a notice is filed electronically, the USPTO receives it within seconds after filing, and immediately issues a confirmation of filing via e-mail. The TEAS form can be used to change the correspondence address on any application or registration that is currently active. The data from the form is inputted directly into the automated records of the USPTO. See TMEP §603.02(b) for information about how to change the correspondence address in multiple applications or registrations.

603.02(a) Changing the Correspondence Address Before Registration

Once the correspondence address is established for a particular application, it is not changed unless there is a written request by the applicant or the attorney of record to change the address. The mere transmittal of a response to an Office action bearing a new address for an applicant or an applicant's attorney does not effect a change in a correspondence address.

If an applicant is represented by an attorney ("A"), and another attorney ("B") later responds on behalf of the applicant and requests that correspondence be sent to B, B will be required to submit written authorization from the applicant for the requested change in correspondence address. Correspondence will continue to be sent to A until B submits the necessary authorization from the applicant. Attorney B cannot sign a request to change the correspondence address on behalf of the applicant. See TMEP §603.04 regarding processing of correspondence that is signed by someone other than the applicant or the applicant's designated attorney.

The USPTO will construe the following as a written request to change the correspondence address:

(1) A new power of attorney, signed by someone authorized to bind the applicant (see TMEP §602.01) , is filed, even if there is no revocation of a previous power of attorney (however, the filing of an "associate power of attorney" or similar document does not change the correspondence address); or
(2) The application is filed by a pro se applicant, and correspondence is subsequently filed that identifies the name and address of an attorney, either on the correspondence itself or on the transmittal letter that accompanies the correspondence, even if no power of attorney is filed.

In these two situations, the USPTO will change the correspondence address to the address of the new attorney. In all other situations, a written request to change the correspondence address, signed by the applicant, is required.

To expedite processing, the USPTO recommends that the notice of change of address be filed through TEAS, at www.uspto.gov/teas/index.html. The TEAS form can be used to change the correspondence address on any application or registration that is currently active. When the notice is filed electronically, the USPTO receives it within seconds after filing, and immediately issues a confirmation of filing via e-mail. The data from the form is inputted directly into the automated records of the USPTO. See TMEP §603.02(b) for information about how to change the correspondence address in multiple applications or registrations.

When a request to change the correspondence address is filed on paper, the USPTO manually enters the new correspondence address into its automated records and places the request in the application record, but does not send a confirmation or other acknowledgment of the request to change the correspondence address. The applicant may check the Trademark Applications and Registrations Retrieval ("TARR") database at http://tarr.uspto.gov to determine whether the change of address has been entered into the automated records of the USPTO.

A change of correspondence address cannot be entered by examiner's amendment.

When ownership of an application changes and the proper document is recorded in the Assignment Services Division, the USPTO will update its automated records to reflect the address of the assignee or the assignee's attorney, even if the assignee does not specifically request a change of address.

The USPTO will not process a request to change the correspondence address in an abandoned application. When an applicant files a request to change the correspondence address in an abandoned application, the USPTO simply places the request in the record.

The USPTO will not undertake double correspondence with the applicant and the applicant's attorney or with more than one attorney or representative.

603.02(b) Changing the Correspondence Address in Multiple Applications or Registrations

A single TEAS form for recording a change of address, found at www.uspto.gov/teas/index.html, can be used to notice a change of address for more than one application or registration. The TEAS form can be used to change the correspondence address only on applications or registrations that are currently active.

603.02(c) Changing the Correspondence Address After Registration

To expedite processing, the USPTO recommends that the notice of change of address be filed through TEAS, at www.uspto.gov/teas/index.html. The TEAS form can be used to change the correspondence address on any registration that is currently active. When the notice is filed electronically, the USPTO receives it within seconds after filing, and immediately issues a confirmation of filing via e-mail. The data from the form is inputted directly into the USPTO's automated system.

When the owner of a registration files a request on paper to change the correspondence address after registration, the USPTO scans an image of the request into the record, but does not update the TRAM System unless the owner concurrently files a §8 or §15 affidavit, §9 renewal application, or request to amend or correct a registration under 15 U.S.C. 1057. If the owner wants the new address entered into the TRAM system, the owner must file the notice of change of address through TEAS.

When a §8 or §15 affidavit, §9 renewal application, or request to amend or correct a registration is filed through an attorney, the USPTO will update TRAM to indicate the name of the attorney who filed the affidavit, renewal application or request. If the owner of the registration does not have an attorney, the USPTO updates TRAM to indicate the owner's address as shown in the affidavit, renewal application or amendment.