ESTTA help

What is ESTTA?

The Electronic System for Trademark Trials and Appeals (ESTTA) is the online filing system used to submit all filings to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

ESTTA filing is mandatory for all filings

In the event that ESTTA is unavailable due to technical problems, or when extraordinary circumstances are present, submissions may be filed in paper. A Petition to the Director with the required showing and fee must accompany an extension of time to oppose, notice of opposition, petition to cancel or answer submitted in paper form. All other paper filings must be accompanied by a written explanation of such technical problems or extraordinary circumstances, addressed to the Board.

NOTE: Requests for extension of time to oppose, and notices of opposition against applications filed under Trademark Act § 66(a) (Madrid Protocol) must be filed through ESTTA without exception. For more information see TBMP § 110.01.

Plan ahead

It is your responsibility to prepare and file your submissions in advance of any applicable deadline. Filers may call the TTAB with questions about filing at (571) 272-8500 or (800) 786-9199 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Alternatively, filers may send non-urgent email inquiries to ESTTA@uspto.gov, and include a description of the problem, the unique tracking number, i.e., "the ESTTA Tracking Number,"  and the proceeding number (if any), and a telephone number for contact. The Board will respond to email inquiries within two business days. Board personnel cannot guarantee that any filing issue will be resolved prior to a deadline.

Consider hiring an attorney

Proceedings before the TTAB are legal proceedings. They are quite technical and highly specialized, involve complex questions of trademark law and procedure, and involve strict rules of practice. It is strongly recommended that any party to a proceeding secure the services of an attorney who is familiar with trademark law and Board practice. Board personnel are not permitted to provide legal advice to any applicant or party, and they will not give any special consideration to applicants or parties who elect not to retain counsel. To locate an attorney, consult your local directory, the Internet, the attorney referral service of a state or local bar association or the American Bar Association. Read more about why you should hire a private trademark attorney and how to find one.

Questions about your filing

Filers may call the TTAB with questions about filing at (571) 272-8500 or (800) 786-9199 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Alternatively, filers may send non-urgent email inquiries to ESTTA@uspto.gov, and include a description of the problem, the ESTTA tracking number, the proceeding number (if any), and a telephone number for contact. The Board will respond to email inquiries within two business days. Board personnel cannot guarantee that any filing issue will be resolved prior to a deadline.