Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Proceedings
Did you know that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has its own administrative body that is responsible for resolving issues relating to trademark use? That body is known as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, or TTAB. The TTAB is responsible for handling all opposition and cancellation proceedings. An opposition proceeding occurs during the registration process, before trademark registration issues. Anyone who believes they may be damaged by a registration issuing can file an opposition proceeding during the appropriate timeframe.
Similarly, a cancellation proceeding challenges a trademark owner’s right to a particular trademark, but a cancellation proceeding occurs after registration has already issued. Essentially, it is an attack on your trademark. A well-formed cancellation and opposition proceeding will cite legal grounds for cancellation/opposition. The rules for TTAB proceedings can be confusing, and you should feel confident knowing your attorney has experience with the TTAB. At TRESTLE LAW, you can rest assured that your attorney has the skills and experience to navigate the complex TTAB rules. Contact Kristen today!