New requirements for using Trademark electronic application system of USPTO

application systemOn October 26, 2019 the way customers access the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) and TEASi (international) will change. To access and file forms, they will need to log in to a account with a two-step authentication. The aim of these measures is to better track filing activity and reduce misuse of our electronic forms.

Changes in force after October 26

  • Access to forms: Starting October 26, when users open any TEAS or TEASi form, they will be prompted to log in to their account with a two-step authentication. USPTO will send them an authentication code during the login process. After that they will have to enter the code to access the form. Users can choose how they want to receive the code: email, phone call, or an authenticator application. Once they authenticate, they can log in and out of their account for up to 24 hours without a new authentication code.
  • TEAS time out: TEAS or TEASi session will time out after 30 minutes of inactivity. Users will receive a warning after 25 minutes of inactivity. When their session times out, information that has been entered in the form will not be saved. Users can renew their session by choosing to continue when they receive the inactivity warning. They can also keep their session active by clicking the TEAS navigation buttons at the bottom of the form (Go Back, Continue, etc.). To complete a new application efficiently, review the minimum filing requirements and the additional TEAS Plus or TEAS RF requirements, if applicable.

Customers using e-signature to sign TEAS forms or using the TEASi “send for review” feature will not be required to log in. For example, if an attorney requests a client to sign a TEAS form electronically, the client will not need to log in to the system to sign the form.

Source: USPTO

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