Can a Trademark Application be opposed?

Yes. Here are the grounds for opposition:

  • Proprietary rights
  • Mark is descriptive
  • Mark is not distinctive
  • Mark is deceptive, disparaging or misleading
  • Rights of notorious marks
  • Unauthorized use of protected flags, armorial bearings, and State emblems
  • Registration in the name of a representative or agent
  • Rights of trade names
  • Rights in a personal name
  • Mark is generic
  • Mark is a geographical indication
  • Mark is contrary to principles of morality or public policy
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