In a move towards enhancing online services, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is undergoing a transformation by merging the Electronic Trademark Assignment System (ETAS) and the Electronic Patent Assignment System (EPAS) into a unified and modernized platform – the Intellectual Property Assignment System (IPAS). Scheduled for launch on January 15, 2024, IPAS aims to streamline processes and provide a seamless experience for users.
IPAS consolidates patent and trademark reassignment requests, facilitating the transfer of ownership or modifications to the owner’s name on pending applications, granted applications, or registration. Beyond simplifying these transactions, the system also introduces improved customer service by allowing the USPTO to track request statuses, record essential data, and issue reports from a single, secure cloud-based system.
This initiative reflects the USPTO’s commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements, ensuring a more user-friendly and efficient experience for its customers. Read USPTO’s official announcement here to learn more.