Issue 136 | November 21, 2003
TTAB�Expands Electronic Filing Options
 On November 3, 2003, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)�expanded the options for electronically filing documents in trademark disputes.� In addition to� Requests for�Extension of�Time to�Oppose, parties to an inter-partes trademark dispute can now use the Electronic System for Trademark Trials and Appeals (ESTTA)�at http://estta.uspto.gov/filing-type.jsp�to file� Notices of�Opposition, and� and other documents�including answers, counterclaims, motions, testimony, stipulations, and briefs.�

However, Petitions for Cancellation can not be�electronically filed and the�ESTTA is currently unable to automatically accept payment for papers other than notices of opposition.�Therefore, if a fee is�required, then�the filer�must authorize payment from a deposit account in the paper.�

For pleadings, motions and other papers,�the�document files must be rendered�in TXT format, or in TIFF or�PDF format at 300 dpi, in black and white,�letter size, portrait orientation.��Files may be attached in�more than one file format, but the maximum file size is approximately 10 MB.�While documents containing color or grayscale may be submitted, they�will be converted into black and white by�the ESTTA�system.��Where an opposer claims prior rights to a common-law mark which is not depicted in an application or registration,�the�image of the mark�must be provided in JPEG format,� 8cm x 8cm at 300 dpi resolution. If the common-law mark�includes�only words,�then the�mark may�simply be typed into the ESTTA form. If the mark is not capable of visual representation,�such as a�scent or sound,�the user must provide a description of the mark.

Help with the�ESTTA is available at http://estta.uspto.gov/help.html#ret�and in the ESTTA User's Guide�at� http://estta.uspto.gov/estta11-usermanual.pdf.�On-line images of all TTAB filings are available through the TTABVue system at�http://ttabvue.uspto.gov/ttabvue/.��

Got questions about electronic filing?� Send them�to Bill Heinze (bill.heinze@tkhr.com) at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley LLP in Atlanta, Georgia USA who wrote�this issue of the "APLF Updates."

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