December 17, 2021
Brian Winterfeldt and David Rome

USPTO Proposes Transition to Electronic Certificates of Registration

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced plans to transition from its current practice of issuing paper certificates of trademark registration to a new practice of issuing electronic certificates. Under the Office’s proposed plan, registrants would only receive paper “presentation” certificates of registration upon request and payment of a $25 fee. The change is expected to be effective in spring 2022. The public has until January 14, 2022 to comment on this proposal.

The Winterfeldt IP Group Team would be happy to answer any questions about this proposed change or to assist with preparing comments for the Office. We look forward to keeping you apprised of the status of this transition from paper to electronic certificates of trademark registration in the United States.


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Brian Winterfeldt,, +1 202 903 4422

David Rome,, +1 202 759 5833

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