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Is it possible to cancel a registration?

A registered mark can be canceled on the following grounds:

  • Proprietary rights
  • Mark is descriptive
  • Mark is not distinctive
  • Mark is misleading, disparaging or deceptive
  • Mark is functional
  • Breach of copyright
  • Rights of a well-known mark
  • Use of protected armorial bearings, state emblems or flags
  • Rights of a trade name
  • Rights in a registered design
  • Rights in a personal name
  • Mark is generic
  • Mark uses a geographical indication
  • Mark contradicts public policy and principles of morality

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