Can a Trademark Application be opposed?

Yes.  Applications can be opposed on the following grounds:

  • The mark is functional, misleading, descriptive, disparaging, generic and/or deceptive
  • The mark has violated proprietary right, copyright and/or design right
  • The mark has violated rights under Paris Convention articles
  • The mark has violated right to personal name
  • The mark has violated principles of morality
  • The mark is against public policy
  • The mark is lacking in originality
  • The mark has included a name of country, state, region or any geographical area (Denomination of Origin)
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