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What are the grounds for a Trademark Application to be opposed?

The following are grounds for opposition: 

  • Breach of copyright
  • Mark is against public order and moral standards
  • Proprietary rights
  • Mark is descriptive, functional, generic, misleading, disparaging, deceptive or non-distinctive
  • Mark violated rights of a well-known mark
  • Mark used a specially protected flag, emblem or armorial bearing without authorization
  • Mark was registered under the agent’s name or representative of the owner of the mark
  • Mark violated rights of a registered design, personal name, company name, or trade names

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