News & notices
- In person interviews, hearings and meetings unavailable: Until further notice, examiner and examining attorney interviews, PTAB and TTAB oral hearings, and other similar in-person meetings with parties and stakeholders scheduled to take place at USPTO offices on or after Friday, March 13, 2020 will be conducted remotely by video or telephone. Parties will receive further instructions on how to participate by video or telephone in advance of the interview, hearing, or meeting.
If you have any questions, please contact the following:
- For patent examiner interviews, please contact the examiner or the examiner’s supervisor (SPE) directly. Additionally, if you have any questions about telephonic or video interviews in general or are unable to reach the examiner or SPE with respect to a particular interview, please email: ExaminerInterviewPractice@uspto.gov.
- For trademark examining attorney interviews, please contact the managing attorney.
- For PTAB oral hearings, please contact PTABHearings@uspto.gov or call 571-272-9797.
- For TTAB oral hearings, please contact TTABHearings@uspto.gov or call 571-272-8500.
- For other in-person meetings, please contact your USPTO point of contact for that meeting.
Standard Protective Order: An updated Standard Protective Order (SPO) is in place for all TTAB proceedings except those that have a stipulated protective agreement, approved by the Board, entered into the proceeding. Over the past two years, TTAB and stakeholders engaged in a discussion of possible changes to the SPO. The discussion focused on whether to allow in-house counsel access to materials designated "Confidential - For Attorneys' Eyes Only" (Trade Secret/Commercially Sensitive). The results were evenly split. As a result, there are no substantive changes from the SPO that was previously in effect. The New SPO is amended with minor changes to wording for readability and clarity. The New SPO is effective February 5, 2020.
Requirement for U.S.-licensed attorney: change in federal trademark regulations will require foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings to hire a U.S.-licensed attorney to represent them at the USPTO.
To learn how this law will affect you, visit our page on the USPTO website.
Expedited cancellation program: In March of 2018, the TTAB began a pilot program to expedite certain cancellation cases involving only nonuse and/or abandonment claims. The pilot program was developed after careful consideration of public comments on proposals for a streamlined cancellation proceeding. Visit our new web page to get more information about the expedited cancellation program, including background, goals, how it works and how to elect to participate.
ESTTA enhancements and tips: View the ESTTA help file for technical requirements, pre-filing information, recent enhancements, known issues and filing tips.
Monitor TTABVUE: Most submissions from the Electronic System for Trademark Trials and Appeals (ESTTA) are automatically uploaded to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Inquiry System (TTABVUE). However, system errors do occasionally occur and could cause major delays in instituting your TTAB proceeding. 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, 571-272-8500, Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
TTAB Dashboard: Updated quarterly, our dashboard displays current proceeding pendency. Send comments to TTABdashboard@uspto.gov.
Policies & procedures
Alternate resolution options
Standard documents & guidelines
Board receipts & issued decisions
- View TTAB's Dashboard for pendency measures and inventory of contested motions and final decisions
- Make a suggestion or comment on TTAB's dashboard: TTABdashboard@uspto.gov.
- View TTAB's new filing statistics and performance measures
- Search and view TTAB’s decision summaries and final decisions
- Selection of precedential decisions
- Highlights of TTAB amended rule changes - effective Jan. 14, 2017
- Chart summarizing TTAB rule changes - effective Jan. 14, 2017
- Miscellaneous Changes to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rules of Practice, Clarification; published July 21, 2017
- Miscellaneous changes to TTAB rules of practice, correction; published Dec. 12, 2016
- Final rule for miscellaneous changes to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board rules - effective Jan. 14, 2017
- Proposed miscellaneous changes to TTAB rules of practice; published April 4, 2016
- US Trademark Law: Rules of Practice & Federal Statutes [e-version] [PDF]
- View public attendance and hearing protocol information
- View TTAB hearing schedules
- Get directions to USPTO
About the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
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 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 TTAB Manual of Procedure "TBMP" archives in the Archives section of this page.
Use ESTTA to institute new TTAB proceedings and file documents in existing TTAB proceedings online. Filing online using ESTTA is mandatory for TTAB proceedings. 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. Submissions filed in paper form are permitted only when ESTTA is unavailable due to technical problems, or when extraordinary circumstances are present. Users should not anticipate that the Board will extend a deadline because it was not possible to submit a filing by ESTTA on the due date.
A paper-filed request for extension of time to file an opposition, a notice of opposition, a petition to cancel, or answer requires a petition to the Director and the requisite petition fee, while other paper-filed submissions require only an explanation of the technical difficulties or extraordinary circumstances.
Requests for time extensions to oppose Madrid Protocol-based applications or oppositions thereto cannot be filed in paper form under any circumstances.
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.
Attachments submitted by the public may not be accessible to individuals using assistive technology. If you cannot access any content due to a disability or have any questions, please contact the TTAB Assistance Center by email at TTABInfo@uspto.gov or phone at 571-272-8500, Mon-Fri between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET for assistance. TTAB will make every attempt to make the content accessible and ensure the quality and formatting is the same as the original version. However, TTAB cannot guarantee that the attachments will be accessible or that there will not be any discrepancies after making the content accessible. Please visit USPTO’s Accessibility web page for more information.
Phone: 571-272-8500, Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET
Email: TTABInfo@uspto.gov (General Information about TTAB proceedings)
Email: ESTTA@uspto.gov (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
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Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
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600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314