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Trademark Law

Regulations

Trademark regulations are located in Title 19 and Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Proposed and final regulations are first published in the Federal Register and in the notices section of the Official Gazette of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Trademarks (latest 52 weeks online).

Federal Register notices related to trademark regulations are also online dating back to 1997.

Copies of the trademark regulations can also be found in the following sources:

Agency Decisions

When a trademark application is submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it is reviewed by an examiner, who determines whether the application meets the requirements for federal registration.  A final refusal of a trademark application may be appealed to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).  The TTAB also conducts "interference" proceedings when there is a conflict over trademarks that closely resemble each other.

Decisions of the TTAB can be found in the following sources:

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Commissioner for Trademarks hears cases based on petitions filed in a variety of matters.  Decisions of the commissioner can be found in the following sources: