Streamlining Ownership Transfers: USPTO’s New Assignment Center Arrives This Month
Get ready for a smoother ride when navigating patent and trademark ownership changes! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is launching its new Assignment Center on January 22, 2024, replacing the aging Electronic Patent Assignment System (EPAS) and Electronic Trademark Assignment System (ETAS). This marks a significant step forward in modernizing the USPTO’s services and simplifying the process for transferring ownership or changing names on pending or granted applications and registrations.
But the improvements go beyond mere ease of use. The Assignment Center also boasts enhanced functionality: Easy-to-use editing, Real-time tracking and Improved reporting
The USPTO recognizes the importance of customer service during this transition. Comprehensive support resources will be available on the Assignment Center webpage, including how-to guides, training materials, and a dedicated FAQ section. Additionally, customer service staff will be on hand to answer questions via phone and email.
This is just one step in the USPTO’s ongoing efforts to modernize its systems and enhance the customer experience. The introduction of the Patent Center in 2023, replacing EFS-Web and PAIR, and the retirement of the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) are further examples of the USPTO’s commitment to providing efficient and user-friendly services.