TMEP 820: TEAS RF (Reduced Fee)

This is the October 2015 Edition of the TMEP

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820    TEAS RF (Reduced Fee)

TEAS RF permits an applicant who files an application for registration of a trademark, service mark, certification mark, collective membership mark, or collective trademark based on §1 or §44 of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. §1051 or §1126, to pay a reduced filing fee of $275 per class, if the applicant:

  • (1) Files an application, using the USPTO’s TEAS RF application, available at http://www.uspto.gov;
  • (2) Agrees to file certain communications regarding the application, such as responses to Office actions, through TEAS; and
  • (3) Agrees to receive communications concerning the application by e-mail.

A notice of final rulemaking setting forth the requirements for a TEAS RF application was published at 79 Fed. Reg. 74633 (Dec. 16, 2014).

The requirements that must be met at the time of filing are set forth in 37 C.F.R. §2.23(a) (see TMEP §820.01) and the requirements that must be met during the pendency of the application are set forth in 37 C.F.R. §2.23(b) (see TMEP §§820.02820.02(b)). If an applicant files a TEAS RF application but does not meet these requirements, the applicant will be required to pay an additional TEAS RF processing fee of $50 per class. 37 C.F.R. §2.6(a)(1)(v). See TMEP §820.04.