Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)

News & notices

  • TTAB amended rules:  A Notice of Final Rulemaking (NFRM) published in the Federal Register on October 7. The effective date of the amended rules is January 14, 2017. The amended rules are applicable to all cases pending on January 14, 2017 as well as those cases commenced on or after January 14, 2017. A chart summarizing the amendments is posted.
  • New release of ESTTA:  We upgraded TTAB's electronic filing system. See the new features.
  • TTAB Dashboard: Updated quarterly, our dashboard displays current proceeding pendency. Send comments to (link sends e-mail).


About the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)

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." Earlier editions of the TBMP are posted under Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedures (TBMP) archives in the Archives section of this page.

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 system 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