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June 3, 2011

Greetings!  We hope you are having a wonderful and principled week!  This edition includes a tour of Formulas Online,  Q and A on label approval/trademark protection, as well as, a notice of maintenance system outage.

In the TTB Newsletter, we compile the top TTB news of the week and other helpful information about the Bureau and the Federal alcohol and tobacco laws and regulations we enforce.

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Take a Tour of Formulas Online

TTB is hosting a complimentary Webinar for those who are interested in discovering new ways to work smarter and more effectively with Formulas Online.  Formulas Online is TTB's new Web-based system for drafting, submitting and tracking formula applications for domestic and imported alcohol beverages.

Just follow the "Register for Webinar" link to reserve your space!  Space is limited.
Please include your email address in your registration request to ensure you receive confirmation of receipt and instructions for joining the Webinar.

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2011
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm ET
Topics to be discussed:

  • First Steps:  TTBOnline.Gov
  • Registration Process
  • Basics of Formula Submittal
  • Common  Errors
  • *Q&As 

*NOTE - If time permits we will have a Q&A segment.  We encourage you to submit your questions in advance along with your registration request. We will make every effort to respond to your questions during the Q&A segment.  Those questions not addressed in the Webinar, will be available on our Web site or in follow up information.

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TTB's authority to issue certificates of label approval (COLAs) for alcohol beverage products does not include trademark protection, as is stated in the instructions for TTB Form 5100.31, Application for and Certification/Exemption of Label/Bottle Approval.  While TTB may be aware of an established trademark when acting on an application for a COLA, that awareness is important only for carrying out the labeling authority under the deception and misleading standards imposed by the Federal Alcohol Administration Act and not for purposes of Federal law applicable to trademarks.  Therefore, TTB approval of a COLA neither automatically confers trademark protection, nor indicates that a particular mark may be used in violation of applicable intellectual property law.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) provides for trademark registrations and guides United States domestic and international intellectual property policies.  The USPTO Web site address is  You may find the USPTO's list of frequently asked questions on the subject of trademarks particularly helpful:  The USPTO also has a Web site on trademark protection specifically designed for small business owners at


Please be advised that our e-Government systems, Formulas Online, Permits Online, and COLAs Online, will be unavailable beginning at 6 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, June 4, 2011, and will return to normal operations no later than 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, June 5, 2011. All aspects of these systems will be unavailable during this downtime, including access to the Public COLA Registry, viewing images and Printable Versions of COLAs, and submitting or updating applications for review and approval. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, and appreciate your patience during this maintenance systems outage to these systems.