The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has announced that it will begin issuing courtesy email reminders of post-registration maintenance filing deadlines starting in January 2015. The PTO will send such email reminders to registration owners who have (1) “live” registrations on the date of sending; (2) provided a valid email address to the USPTO; and (3) authorized email communication. No reminders will be sent by regular mail, and no follow-up emails will be attempted for undeliverable emails.
The courtesy email reminders will identify the registered mark, corresponding serial and registration numbers, the date of registration, and the owner(s) of record in the PTO’s trademark database. The reminders will also identify the maintenance filing currently due (e.g., Section 8 declaration, Section 71 declaration, or Section 8 declaration and Section 9 renewal application), along with the anniversary filing deadline, the grace period deadline, and the filing fee per class.
The courtesy email reminders will be sent on the first day of the statutory filing period for the maintenance filing (e.g., 5th year anniversary date, 9th year anniversary date, 19th year anniversary date, etc.) to all email addresses of record. The reminders will be sent to both primary and secondary email addresses.
Registration owners and their attorneys of record should use the PTO’s Trademark Electronic Application System (“TEAS”) to verify, update, add, or delete email address information, as necessary, to ensure receipt of the reminders by the registration owner(s) and any legal representative that elect to receive them.