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Can a Trademark Application be opposed?

The following can be grounds for opposition:

  • earlier conflicting registration
  • the mark is descriptive
  • the mark is not distinctive
  • the mark is misleading, deceptive or disparaging
  • the mark is functional
  • notorious or well-known mark
  • protection of armorial bearings, flags and other State emblems
  • rights in a personal name
  • the mark is generic
  • the mark consists of a geographical indication
  • the mark is against public policy or principles of morality

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