Welcome to ESTTA
Using ESTTA, you can make TTAB submissions online. While many sections of the required forms may appear
straightforward and easy to fill out, you are strongly advised to read the
instructions for EACH section prior to any data entry. If you fail to follow the
instructions, you might fill out sections of the forms incorrectly, thereby jeopardizing your legal rights.
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. Except when
filing extensions of time to oppose or oppositions to Madrid Protocol applications
(see below), ESTTA filing is optional. If ESTTA filing is not possible prior
to a deadline for any reason, parties should submit their filings in paper.
Eastern Time controls the filing date. ESTTA filings are time-stamped with the official
filing date when the ESTTA filing, including any required fee is received
on the USPTO server. The time the transmission began is not a factor we consider when
we assign the filing date.
The official filing date and time can be found on the confirmation web screen and in
your e-mail confirmation.
If there is a fee for the filing, you must pay by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American
Express or Discover), Electronic Funds Transfer, or through an existing USPTO deposit account.
Highlighted terms are linked to relevant instructions or help screens,
which will open in a new window.
You must complete all fields labeled with the symbol;
you should complete all other relevant fields if you know the information.
Do not use your browser's "back" and "forward" buttons to navigate.
Use only the navigation buttons and links on the ESTTA screens.
After completing all required fields, you will be prompted to validate and sign your submission.
The data appearing on this screen will be submitted to the TTAB. If necessary, navigate back to
the proper field to correct the information prior to transmitting the form.
Upon transmission, the form will be assigned an ESTTA tracking number that will be
displayed on the next screen.
Once you submit a request electronically, the office will immediately provide you with
an e-mail acknowledgment of receipt. Print a copy of this screen for your records.
Please contact the Office within 24 hours of transmission (or by the next business day)
if you do not receive this acknowledgment.
Once you file a paper electronically, you may not withdraw the submission from the file,
unless the request fails to satisfy the minimum filing requirements. No fee paid will
be refunded unless paid by mistake or in excess of the amount required.
Oppositions to extensions of protection under the Madrid Protocol
(or requests for extensions of time to oppose)
must be filed electronically using ESTTA. If you are a first-time user, we
urge you to plan ahead, and to submit your notice of opposition well prior to the deadline in case
you encounter problems. The Board will not extend the time to oppose other than as
specifically set out in the Trademark Rules.
NEW TTAB RULES IN EFFECT
The USPTO published a notice of final rulemaking in the Federal Register on
August 1, 2007, at 72 Fed. Reg. 42242. By this notice, various rules governing Trademark
Trial and Appeal Board inter partes proceedings are amended. As the Board adapts the
ESTTA system to accommodate the amended rules, users are urged to review the rules to ensure
that attachments to ESTTA submissions meet the requirements of the amended rules.
In addition, users must note any warnings posted on ESTTA screens or filing forms
that may temporarily restrict their use to cases commenced prior to
November 1, 2007, the effective date of many of the amended rules.
You can reach the TTAB at 571-272-8500. For technical assistance with
ESTTA filings, you may send email to
ESTTA@uspto.gov. We will respond to
your e-mail inquiry within 2 business days. In addition to the problem description, please
include your telephone number and ESTTA tracking number (if any) in your email, so we can
assess the problem and talk to you directly, if necessary.
Inquiries regarding non-technical matters, including general procedural questions or specific
inquiries regarding a particular Board proceeding should be directed to the interlocutory
attorney or paralegal assigned to the case, if known. If you do not know the telephone number
of the interlocutory attorney or paralegal assigned to your proceeding, or if you are not
involved in a proceeding before the Board, please telephone us at 571-272-8500
for assistance during Eastern time zone business hours.
NO submissions for any Board proceeding will be accepted via the
firstname.lastname@example.org mail box. All
submissions should be filed using the appropriate ESTTA form or by mail.
The information collected on these forms allows the TTAB to determine whether a
party is entitled to registration of a mark. Responses to the requests for information
are required to obtain the requested action. All information collected will be made public.
Gathering and providing the information will require an estimated 10 to 45 minutes,
depending on the form you choose. Please direct comments on the time needed to complete
this form, and/or suggestions for reducing this burden to the Chief Information Officer,
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20231.
Please note that the TTAB may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information using
a form that does not display a valid OMB control number.