Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board News and Notices ...

  • New Standard Protective Order: Effective June 24, 2016, the Board’s revised standard protective order will be applicable to all then-pending TTAB inter partes proceedings, with some exceptions, as well as all Board proceedings instituted on or after the effective date.
  • TTAB Proposed Rule Changes: A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register, Volume 81, Number 64, pages 19295-19324, on Monday, April 4, 2016. The comment period closed June 3, 2016. The NPRM may be accessed on this page under Rules/Laws or by opening the following hyperlink:  Comments on the NPRM. Transcript from Public Meeting held on June 24, 2016 [PDF].
  • New Release of ESTTA: In response to stakeholder comments during last year’s ESTTA Users Forum, the TTAB is pleased to announce an upgrade to ESTTA, the Board’s electronic filing system, effective April 23, 2016. The upgrade includes the following new features.
  • TTAB Dashboard: The TTAB has posted a dashboard in the USPTO Data Visualization Center. Please visit the center and connect to the TTAB Dashboard, or use the link below in the Board Receipts and Issued Decisions box. Comments on the dashboard are welcome and should be forwarded to (link sends e-mail).

The TTAB is an administrative board that hears and decides adversary proceedings between two parties, namely, oppositions (party opposes a mark after publication in the Official Gazette ) and cancellations (party seeks to cancel an existing registration). The TTAB also handles interference and concurrent use proceedings, as well as appeals of final refusals issued by USPTO Trademark Examining Attorneys within the course of the prosecution of trademark applications.

The Chief Administrative Trademark Judge is Gerard F. Rogers. The TTAB Video, No. 13, provides an overview of proceedings before the TTAB.

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure (TBMP)

The TBMP provides practitioners with basic information generally useful for litigating cases before the TTAB. The manual does not modify, amend, or serve as a substitute for any existing statutes, rules, or decisional law and is not binding upon the TTAB, its reviewing courts, the Director of the USPTO, or any part of the USPTO. Rather, the TBMP merely describes current practice and procedure under the applicable authority, as of the manual's issue date.

The most recent version of the TBMP may be accessed from the TTAB website under "Policies, Procedures and FAQs." For archival purposes, earlier editions of the TBMP are posted there as well under, specifically under "TBMP Archives."

Electronic System for Trademark Trial and Appeals (ESTTA)

Use ESTTA to institute new TTAB proceedings and file documents in existing TTAB proceedings on-line. SYSTEM AVAILABILITY: Check Current Server Status and Planned Outages before beginning the filing process. Because unexpected problems can occur, you should keep filing deadlines in mind and allow plenty of time to resolve any issue which might arise. The Board will provide general assistance to ESTTA filers (see contact information below), but we cannot guarantee that any problem will be resolved prior to a deadline. Except when filing extensions of time to oppose or oppositions to Madrid Protocol applications, ESTTA filing is optional. If ESTTA filing is not possible prior to a deadline for any reason, parties should submit their filings in paper.

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Inquiry System (TTABVUE)

Use TTABVUE to view a TTAB proceeding file by entering the proceeding number, or search for proceedings by application number, registration number, mark, party, correspondent.

Contact Information

Phone: 571-272-8500  
FAX: 571-273-0059 (New Appeals for Ex Parte Proceedings ONLY)  
Email: (General Information about TTAB proceedings)
Email: (Technical assistance with ESTTA filings)

Official Mailing Address:  
Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
P.O. Box 1451 Alexandria, VA 22313-1451

For delivery via FedEx, UPS, etc. :
Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Madison East, Concourse Level Room C 55
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314