Overview of the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) and Its Filing Procedures

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Edited by Daler Radjabov, Esq.

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The Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) is an electronic filing system offered by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It is used to file all forms related to a domestic application or registration, or for filings under the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Madrid Protocol), with the exception of initial applications filed under Trademark Act Section 66(a).

TEAS is accessible at https://teas.uspto.gov and requires users to have a USPTO.gov account. It offers specific forms that can be filled out with direct data entry or by attaching a .jpg or .pdf file. When documents are successfully filed using TEAS, the USPTO receives the submission within seconds and the user is directed to a “Success” page. An email acknowledgement of receipt is also sent.

TEAS is generally available 24/7, but may be down for scheduled maintenance or unexpected outages. In the event of a widespread or lengthy outage, the USPTO will provide temporary filing procedures and accept faxed submissions without a petition or fee. In the event of a limited or short-term outage or a user’s personal system outage on the deadline for submission, a petition to the Director to accept a paper submission may be submitted. Additional fees may apply in these situations.

More information on the technical requirements, compatible web browsers, and filing procedures for TEAS can be found at https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-application-process/filing-online/trademark-electronic-application-system-teas-1.

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