As part of ongoing efforts to increase accountability during the trademark filing process and advance the USPTO’s register protection initiatives, on January 8 the USPTO launched identity verification for USPTO.gov account holders who use the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) and TEAS international (TEASi). Identity verification is currently optional but will become mandatory starting April 9, 2022.
There are several options for verifying your identity, including an online process that takes most users 15 minutes or less. The USPTO identity verification webpage includes all information on completing this one-time requirement. There is also information about the Trademark sponsorship tool, which allows verified attorneys to quickly sponsor support staff to work on their behalf.