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What is the TTAB?

The TTAB (Trademark Trial and Appeal Board) is a division of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that handles disputes related to trademarks. The TTAB is responsible for resolving disputes between parties who are seeking to register a trademark and those who oppose the registration of the trademark.

If someone believes that a trademark application should not be granted, they can file a notice of opposition with the TTAB. This notice must be filed within 30 days of the publication of the trademark application in the Official Gazette, which is a publication of the USPTO.

Once a notice of opposition has been filed, the TTAB will hold a hearing to determine whether the trademark registration should be granted. The parties involved in the opposition will have the opportunity to present evidence and arguments to support their positions. The TTAB will then issue a decision on the matter.

The TTAB also handles appeals of decisions made by examining attorneys at the USPTO. If an applicant is dissatisfied with a decision made by an examining attorney, they can file an appeal with the TTAB. The TTAB will review the case and issue a decision on the appeal. It's worth noting that a TTAB proceeding can be a complex and time-consuming process. If you are involved in a TTAB proceeding, you may want to consider hiring a lawyer who is experienced in trademark law to help you protect your rights. A lawyer can provide you with legal advice and representation during the TTAB process.

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