How to Register a Trademark Online without a DSC


This guide will help you register for a trademark online without the need for a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC).

What is DSC?

A Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is a form of Electronic Signature, which is also known as an E-Signature. It is a digital certificate issued by a certification authority that is used to verify the identity of the user in an electronic communication. You can think of it as a way to verify that the person sending the message is who they say they are. In other words, it guarantees the authenticity and integrity of an electronic document or action.

Digital Signatures are not Suitable for Everyone

While it is not mandatory to use digital signatures when filing your Trademark application, you should weigh the benefits of using a digital signature against the cost and convenience of purchasing one.

Digital Signatures are NOT suitable for everyone:

  • If you have trouble reading or can’t afford a computer, then digital signatures may not be right for you.
  • If you don’t have access to a computer or internet connection at home, then Digital Signatures may not be right for you.
  • If your company has multiple employees who will need access to their own accounts on the Trademark Tracker website and each employee has different needs (for example if one employee only needs basic account information while another employee needs full access), then Digital Signatures might not work well because each user will need their own login credentials.

Hand-sign your TM Application

While the DSC is not required to register your mark, you will still need to sign an application form. The Trademark Office will accept a handwritten signature on this form, but we recommend using a stamp of your name or signature instead. You can use any stamp that says something like: “John Smith,” “J Smith,” or even “JD.”

If it’s not in your name and doesn’t include your signature, it must be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) before you can use it on an official TM application. This means that if you have stamps that aren’t in your name but are registered by someone else, it’s best to get them changed before submitting them for registration with the USPTO so that they match up with what was originally filed and recorded when those particular marks were first created back in 2009 (when all trademarks were first created).

Use a stamp of your name/signature instead of a handwritten signature.

A rubber stamp is acceptable as long as it contains the following:

  • Date (month, day, year)
  • Your name or your business name


If you prefer not to deal with Digital Signatures, then you can use a stamp of your name/signature instead. You can also hand-sign your TM application.


We hope you have found this guide useful. If you have any questions please contact us at your convenience. We would love to be of help.

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