The US Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) is one of many free search tools offered by the USPTO for trademark searchers who need to locate data on US marks. In the past, searchers would need to access both the Trademark Applications and Registrations Retrieval (TARR) and Trademark Document Retrieval (TDR) systems if they needed to locate both status data and all documents related to the registration of a specific US trademark. The USPTO has recently updated and integrated these two systems into a single interface called the Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) system, and a USPTO press release announced last week that the TSDR system completely replaces the old TARR and TDR systems as of September 2012. The current TSDR interface has been updated to version 2.0, and a number of new features were added to the system, including a new ““Assignment Abstract of Title Information” section, a listing of the application’s notice of allowance date, links to parent or child applications, and more.
After the jump, check out the full list of updates to TSDR 2.0, and learn about how to locate trademark status data and documents related to specific US trademarks through the system.
TSDR Version 2.0
According to a press release from the USPTO, all hyperlinks to TARR and TDR information will be redirected to TSDR, and the TARR and TDR websites will no longer be accessible. The following upgrades were applied to the system for TSDR version 2.0:
- A new “Assignment Abstract of Title Information” section that allows users to both review trademark assignment details and filter assignment data by conveyance type.
- A TSDR document viewer that allows users to simultaneously review multiple documents (e.g., the Office action and subsequent responses) in separate windows.
- A listing of the application’s notice of allowance date.
- URLs featuring file-specific identifiers (serial number, registration number, etc.) that allow for direct access to specific case data and documents. These direct links to trademark application and registration data will make TSDR 2.0 function more like “old” TARR. Entry of the URLs shown in TSDR into the address bar of an Internet browser will result in the display of the requested status data or documents.
- Hyper-links to “parent” or “child” applications of cases that have divided.
Users can search the TSDR for the status or documents related to a particular trademark by searching for:
- US Serial Number
- US Registration Number
- US Reference Number
- International Registration Number
The user can choose the “Advanced Search” option to expand a form for locating US Registration Certificates. According to TSDR Help, this search form “allows you to download or print US Registration Certificates for individual or multiple registered marks.” Enter one or more trademark registration numbers (divided by spaces) to generate a list of registration certificates (one for each number entered), displayed under the Documents tab. Select the link under the description “Registration Certificate” to open a JPEG version of the document.
The user can enter one of the number search options and select either the “Status” or “Document” button to display a new menu below the search form with information related to the selected trademark. The menu has a Status tab and a Documents tab. The Status tab includes the following expandable sections:
- Basic Bibliographic Information Related to the Mark – This section is expanded by default. Scroll over the thumbnail view of the mark image to automatically enlarge it.
- Mark Information – Mark literal elements, standard character claim, and mark drawing type.
- Goods and Services – International class, US class, class status, etc.
- Basis Information (Case Level) – Filed use, filed ITU, filed 44D, etc.
- Current Owner(s) Information – Owner names, address, legal entity type, and citizenship.
- Attorney/Correspondence Information – Attorney name, docket number, correspondent name/address, etc.
- Prosecution History – A table displaying the date, description, and proceeding number for each event in the mark’s prosecution history.
- TM Staff and Location Information – TM staff information, and a table displaying file location (current location and date in location).
Under the Documents tab, users view a table that displays the “Create/Mail Date”, document description, and document type for each available document related to the selected trademark. Select a link in the document description to view a full PDF version of the document.
The document viewer allows users to select from a drop-down menu of other available documents related to the trademark. The user can also select the “Download PDF” button to download the current document in PDF format.
From the list under the Documents tab, users can select the checkmarks beside multiple documents and then choose the Download option to download the chosen documents in PDF or original format. Users can also choose from the menu to view proceedings related to the selected trademark case (through the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Inquiry System) or display the print preview.
The major benefit to the TSDR system is the integration of the old TARR and TDR systems into a single interface. The TSDR is a useful free tool with simple interface capabilities that may be easier for novice trademark searchers to use than the two separate search systems that were needed previously to access the same information. A professional trademark search is recommended, though, if you need to access and analyze US trademark data for business or legal decisions.
What do you think of the new TSDR interface? Let us know in the comments!
This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.