15 U.S. Code § 1070 - Appeals to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board from decisions of examiners

An appeal may be taken to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board from any final decision of the examiner in charge of the registration of marks upon the payment of the prescribed fee. The Director may reconsider, and modify or set aside, a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board under this section.

(July 5, 1946, ch. 540, title I, § 20, 60 Stat. 435; Pub. L. 85–609, § 1(b), Aug. 8, 1958, 72 Stat. 540; Pub. L. 116–260, div. Q, title II, §§ 225(d)(1), 228(a)(2), Dec. 27, 2020, 134 Stat. 2207, 2210.)
Amendment of Section

Pub. L. 116–260, div. Q, title II, § 225(d)(1), (g), Dec. 27, 2020, 134 Stat. 2207, 2208, provided that, effective upon the expiration of the 1-year period beginning on Dec. 27, 2020, and applicable to any mark registered before, on, or after that effective date, this section is amended by inserting “or a final decision by an examiner in an ex parte expungement proceeding or ex parte reexamination proceeding” after “registration of marks”. See 2020 Amendment note below.

Prior Provisions

Act Feb. 20, 1905, ch. 592, §§ 8, 13, 33 Stat. 726, 728.

Amendments

2020—Pub. L. 116–260, § 228(a)(2), inserted “The Director may reconsider, and modify or set aside, a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board under this section.” at end.

Pub. L. 116–260, § 225(d)(1), inserted “or a final decision by an examiner in an ex parte expungement proceeding or ex parte reexamination proceeding” after “registration of marks”.

1958—Pub. L. 85–609 substituted “Trademark Trial and Appeal Board” for “Commissioner in person” and “fee” for “fees”, and struck out “of interferences or” after “examiner in charge”.

Effective Date of 2020 Amendment

Amendment by section 225(d)(1) of div. Q of Pub. L. 116–260 effective upon the expiration of the 1-year period beginning on Dec. 27, 2020, and applicable to any mark registered before, on, or after that effective date, see section 225(g) of div. Q of Pub. L. 116–260, set out as a note under section 1064 of this title.

Effective Date of 1958 Amendment

For effective date and applicability of amendment by Pub. L. 85–609, see section 3 of Pub. L. 85–609, set out as a note under section 1067 of this title.

Repeal and Effect on Existing Rights

Repeal of inconsistent provisions, effect of this chapter on pending proceedings and existing registrations and rights under prior acts, see notes set out under section 1051 of this title.

Construction of 2020 Amendment

For construction of amendment made by section 228(a)(2) of div. Q of Pub. L. 116–260 regarding Director’s authority before Dec. 27, 2020, and authority with respect to particular decisions, see section 228(b) of div. Q of Pub. L. 116–260, set out as a note under section 1068 of this title.

Transfer of Functions

For transfer of functions of other officers, employees, and agencies of Department of Commerce, with certain exceptions, to Secretary of Commerce, with power to delegate, see Reorg. Plan No. 5 of 1950, §§ 1, 2, eff. May 24, 1950, 15 F.R. 3174, 64 Stat. 1263, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.

Reorganization Plan No. 5 of 1950

Amendment by Pub. L. 85–609 as subject to Reorganization Plan No. 5 of 1950, see note set out under section 1067 of this title.