New guidance for trademark filers on identity verification and account user roles

On August 6, 2022, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will begin requiring all USPTO.gov account holders to verify their identities as a condition for filing electronic trademark forms. Read our latest Director’s blog for more information. As part of our program, account holders must select a user role when verifying their identities. The USPTO has issued a Federal Register Notice (FRN) discussing user roles and providing more guidance for specific issues and situations. Read the FRN in the Federal Register.

The USPTO is also hosting a public webinar to further discuss user roles on Wednesday, July 13 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. During the webinar, we’ll take an in-depth look at how selecting the appropriate user role will help the USPTO regulate unauthorized trademark submissions and how you can determine the right role for your filing situation. Whether you’re a small business owner or seasoned trademark practitioner, this webinar is a great opportunity to learn about our expanded options for verifying your identity while protecting your privacy. Register for the webinar on the USPTO website.

For any questions, please contact TMfeedback@uspto.gov.

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