Blank or missing attachments
The TTAB is aware that ESTTA filers occasionally do not see in TTABVUE attachments submitted with their ESTTA cover sheets. Typically, this problem arises with certain types of attachments and, in particular, PDF attachments created using particular applications. While the TTAB does not recommend any particular application for creation of PDFs, the following appear to be the most compatible with ESTTA: Adobe Acrobat, CutePDF Writer, Print to PDF.
The TTAB will continue to work on enhancements to ESTTA to accommodate as many means for attaching documents to the ESTTA filing form as possible.
Tips for creating and attaching PDFs
The following recommendations will keep file size to a minimum, and are good practices regardless of the size of your ESTTA filing. Whenever possible, PDF files should be:
- Text-searchable, and created directly from a word-processing file rather than from being printed out and scanned. PDF files created from scanned documents are typically larger in size and lower in quality than those created directly from word processing files or other electronic media. If you must scan, 300 dpi is fine for most purposes. Higher resolution rarely creates a noticeably better image, but will create a larger file. When scanning documents containing text, set your software to create a text-searchable PDF file. The TTAB may refuse to consider exhibits that are not clear and legible. 37 CFR 2.126(a)(2).
- Optimized. Adobe PDF software can optimize a file, often reducing its size substantially without any loss in quality. This is especially important for scanned documents.
- Clear and legible. The Board requires all pages to be clear and legible, with each page displayed so it can be read from top to bottom.
Call us if you don't see your submission in TTABVUE a week after filing.
When you file in ESTTA, monitor TTABVUE to make sure your submission is uploaded. If you don't see your submission a week after you file, contact TTAB for assistance.
TTAB Assistance Center
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET
Consent Motions form - Proceeding Schedule dates closing on weekend or holidays
We are aware that the consent motions form will not allow filers to extend proceeding schedule dates the next business day if the date(s) fell on a holiday or weekend. We expect to have a system solution in place sometime in 2019. In the meantime, use the Consent Motions form, prior to the closing date(s), or use the alternative ESTTA Scheduling Form, attaching a proceeding schedule in the form of a trial order, under the File Documents in a Board Proceeding, Opposition, Cancellation and Concurrent Use General Filings option. The Board regrets this inconvenience.