TTAB filing statistics for 2019 reveal an increase in contested proceedings combined with greater delays in rendering final decisions.

The data, made available by the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, reflects an increase in activity by litigants in both trademark opposition and trademark cancellation proceedings.   Our 2018 summary is found here.  Relevant 2019 data

Practical Advice for TTAB proceedings was the subject of a session at INTA Boston 2019.

The topics of discussion were as follows:

Difference between TTAB and District Court.   Proceedings before the TTAB are usually more narrow and streamlined.  This is due, in large part, on the limited jurisdiction of the Board to issues of registrability

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board recently released its TTAB filing statistics for fiscal year 2018.   These updated figures include year-to-year changes in the filing of appeals, notices of oppositions, and petitions for cancellations.  It also provides useful information on the disposition of cases.

Highlights include the following:  (percentage in parentheses signifies change over 2017)

Over 5,000 U.S. trademark oppositions are filed against trademark applications every year.  Often, the opposer is a competitor of the applicant or a company that believes that it would be damaged if the U.S. trademark application were to proceed to registration.

Here are considerations to take into account when determining whether to file a U.S.

Let’s suppose that your business has filed a trademark application, and it has been approved for registration by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Does that mean that you now have been awarded a trademark registration?  No!

Each and every trademark application that gets approved for registration first must be published in the Official

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is the administrative forum that adjudicates all trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings that are filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.   A case is commenced by the filing of a Notice of Opposition (in the case of