The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has expanded the options for electronically filing documents in trademark disputes. Using the Electronic System for Trademark Trials and Appeals (ESTTA) system, parties to a dispute now can file more documents electronically with the TTAB, including requests for extension of time to oppose and notices of opposition. Parties also can use ESTTA to file motions and other documents in inter-partes cases.
ESTTA provides state-of-the-art tools to help litigants meet the TTAB's time limits and is a significant advantage for e-filers. It also provides immediate confirmation that the filing has been received by the USPTO. In addition, filings move directly into the TTAB's electronic workflow system, eliminating the delays caused by the processing and scanning of paper filings. Future enhancements will include forms for filing petitions to cancel and ex parte papers.
ESTTA gives step-by-step instructions for properly completing forms and can be accessed at: http://estta.uspto.gov. Several weeks ago, the TTAB also introduced TTABVue, which provides on-line images of TTAB filings. TTABVue is available at http://ttabvue.uspto.gov.