Yes. For ex parte appeals, a suggested format is “October 10, 2015 Office Action at 2.” For inter partes appeals, the suggested format is “1 TTABVUE 2.”
Yes, the rule changes apply to all proceedings, including those pending on Jan. 14, 2017. This also includes proceedings instituted prior to 2007 that are still pending.
Yes, all of the rule changes came into effect on the same date, Jan. 14, 2017.
On our website, you can access TTAB decisions from 11/19/1996 to the present. You can access these decisions through the TTAB homepage under “Board receipts & issued decisions,” or by clicking the Search and view TTAB’s decision summaries and final decision link.
You can refer to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure “TBMP”. The TTAB also follows the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
No, we do not fax or email papers to parties or other persons requesting copies. You can review or print papers from a file through TTABVUE.
Case files are public records and are open to the public for review, except for certain documents filed under a claim of confidentiality. The easiest way to review a file is through the electronic system, TTABVUE.
To look at a file, you can review or print it out yourself using TTABVUE. TTAB records submitted prior to approximately 2001 are kept in paper. An individual who wishes to inspect or copy one of the paper files is directed to the National Archives and Records Administration, www.archives.gov/research.
No. Effective Jan. 14, 2017, all filings to the TTAB must be submitted through TTAB’s Electronic System for Trademark Trials and Appeals “ESTTA”. Trademark Rule 2.195(d)(3) bars facsimile transmission of papers to be filed with the TTAB. Submissions filed by fax transmission will not be accorded a date of receipt. The TTAB will not accept any filings by email.
Trademark-related mail to be delivered by hand or other private courier or delivery service (e.g. UPS, Federal Express) to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, must be delivered to:
The Trademark Assistance Center
Madison East, Concourse level Room C55
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
In most cases, the Information Specialists can answer your questions, or can refer you to the appropriate person to handle your concern. However, if you need additional help, you may ask the Information Specialist to refer your call to the appropriate TTAB supervisor.