Can a Trademark Application be opposed?

Yes. Interested parties may oppose the application on the following grounds:

  • Proprietary rights
  • Personal name rights
  • Notorious mark rights
  • Protected symbols, emblems, flags and armorial bearings
  • Mark does not demonstrate distinctiveness
  • Mark is disparaging, deceptive, misleading and descriptive
  • Mark is applied for using an agent or representative
  • Mark uses a geographic name or indication
  • Mark contradicts morality or public order
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