Subject to limited exceptions, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is enacting a new rule that mandates electronic filing for trademark submissions. In particular, trademark applicants and registrants will be required to:
- File their trademark applications and documents concerning trademark applications and registrations online using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Electronic Application System;
- Provide and maintain an accurate email address for receiving correspondence from the USPTO about their particular application or registration; and
- Provide and maintain an accurate postal address to ensure that the USPTO can contact them if their email correspondence address does not work.
The new rule will be effective on February 15, 2020.