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Is it possible to cancel a registration?

The following can be grounds for cancellation:

  • trade names
  • proprietary rights
  • notorious or well-known marks
  • the mark is descriptive
  • the mark is generic
  • the mark is a geographical indication
  • the mark is misleading, deceptive or disparaging
  • the mark is not distinctive
  • protection of flags, armorial bearings and other State emblems
  • registration using an agent or representative
  • the mark is contrary to public policy or principles of morality
  • the mark was registered in bad faith

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