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Any information included in a trademark application will become a part of the public record. However, there are certain considerations that can be made before filing for an application In order to minimize the public exposure of your personal information.
In order to file a trademark application, certain pieces of information are required (such as a name and address). However, any type of existing legal entity can file a trademark. This includes a corporation, an association, a joint venture, a partnership, or a limited liability company. If you’d like to avoid making your name part of the public record, consider forming a different legal entity and filing under that name instead. In addition, you can avoid making your address part of the public record by filing with a P.O. Box.
Certain pieces of information are not required to file an application, and therefore should not be submitted to the USPTO at any point in the application process.
This includes social security numbers, credit card/banking information, or a drivers license. Any credit card/bank card used to make a fee payment through the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) is separate from the application itself and will not be kept in the public record. If a driver’s license, social security number, or credit card/banking information does wind up in the public record, you may be able to have it removed. Contact one of our Top Trademark Lawyers to find out how.
If you feel your public information has been made available inappropriately, there are a few options.
Say you accidentally submitted a document with personal information on it, and didn’t realize it would become part of the public record. You can attempt to get it removed by petitioning the Director of the USPTO to make an exception to the public record rule. The Director will only make an exception if you provide evidence of what is deemed an extraordinary circumstance. This is ruled on a case by case basis, but if the Director decides that there is actually proof of an extraordinary circumstance, the information will be removed from the public record.
If your information winds up in the public record because of an application you were not involved with (for instance, through an invoice or contact list), you can also petition to get it removed. Contact one of our New York Trademark Lawyers to find out how.