In an opposition or cancellation case at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) it is sometime necessary to bring a Motion to Sanctions when a Motion to Compel has already been brought and the Board’s instructions are not complied with and a party continues to fail to meet its discovery obligations.

No two motions for sanctions will look the same, because the history and circumstances will always vary from case to case.

Below is a sample Motion for Sanctions at the TTAB from a real case (publicly available here). Sanctions can include dismissal of the entire case.

For more details about sanctions, see the TTAB Manual of Procedure (TBMP) Section 527.

Sample Motion for Sanctions (TTAB)


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