When the USPTO accepts a trademark application and registers the trademark onto a trademark register, they also issue a trademark registration certificate.
Trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) approved by the Examining Attorney and that survive the Opposition Period will be registered by the USPTO for the Principal or Supplemental Trademark Register.
In addition to being registered and shown in the two USPTO online databases, the USPTO also issue a trademark registration certificate. The trademark registration certificate is mailed out to the trademark owner, or their trademark attorney, and can be seen online at the USPTO’s Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) system.
Featured on trademark registration certificates are: the trademark, the owner, the owner’s address, the USPTO registration number, the goods and/or services the trademark is registered for, the first use dates, a description of the mark, the registration date, the USPTO seal and the USPTO director’s signature.
Trademark registration certificates are important in trademark cases because they are acceptable evidence to show a trademark is registered. Generally, downloading the image of the registration certificate from the TSDR system will be all that is required by a court to prove a trademark is registered and who owns the trademark. If a trademark owner notices anything is wrong with the trademark registration certificate they can request the certificate to be fixed.
Many business owners, especially entrepreneurs and small business owners, also like to frame and show off their trademark registrations in their office.
If you want to apply for a trademark registration, contact us today for a Free Trademark Consultation and we will work with you to get you your own trademark registration certificate.