TTAB Monetary Sanctions?

No, monetary sanctions are not available in TTAB oppositions and cancellations. TBMP Section 502.05 states:

The Board will not hold any person in contempt, or award attorneys’ fees, other expenses, or damages to any party.

What are appropriate TTAB Sanctions?

The Board may enter the following sanctions where appropriate:

  • striking all or part of the pleadings of the disobedient party;
  • refusing to allow the disobedient party to support or oppose designated claims or defenses;
  • prohibiting the disobedient party from introducing designated matters in evidence;
  • entering judgment against the disobedient party


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Vic Lin

Vic Lin

Startup Patent Attorney | IP Chair at Innovation Capital Law Group
We love working with startups and small businesses. I help entrepreneurs protect their intellectual property so they can reach their business goals.