Rules and laws
TTAB proceedings are governed by the Lanham Trademark Act of 1946, as amended, (Trademark Act), 15 U.S.C. § 1051 et seq.; the rules of practice in trademark cases (commonly known as the Trademark Rules of Practice) found in Parts 2 and 7 of Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.); the rules relating to the conduct of practitioners and the representation of others before the USPTO found in Part 11 of 37 C.F.R.; and guidance provided in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure (TBMP).
The USPTO rules governing procedure in inter partes proceedings before the TTAB are adapted, in large part, from the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, with modifications due primarily to the administrative nature of the TTAB proceedings.
View the most recent rule changes, federal register notices and rules. Also, view the PDF version of the U.S. Trademark Law: Rules of Practice and Federal Statutes for the current rules of practice and federal statutes governing TTAB proceedings.
Policies and procedures
Practices and procedures for litigating before the TTAB are published in the TBMP. It provides practitioners with basic and detailed information generally useful for litigating trial cases before the TTAB, and pursuing appeals of decisions made in the Trademarks unit of the USPTO. 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. Nonetheless, the TBMP describes current practice and procedure under the applicable authority, as of the manual's issue date and is a valuable resource.
The most recent version of the TBMP is available in a searchable e-version format and PDF format. Earlier editions of the TBMP are posted under TTAB Manual of Procedure (TBMP) archives in the Archives section of this webpage.
Additional policies and guidance
Use one of the options below to view additional TTAB guidance, policy, or frequently asked questions (FAQs).
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For more resources, view the policy and guidance resource webpage.