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Can a Trademark Application be opposed?

The following can be grounds for opposition:

  • the mark is descriptive
  • proprietary rights
  • the mark is not distinctive
  • breach of copyright
  • the mark is misleading, deceptive or disparaging
  • rights in a company name
  • registered design rights
  • notorious or well-known mark
  • unauthorized use of specially protected emblems or national insignia

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