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

The application can be challenged on these grounds: 

  • Breach of copyright
  • Proprietary rights
  • Bad faith
  • Moral principles and public policy
  • Generic marks/words
  • Rights of well-known marks
  • Rights in a registered design
  • Rights in a company/business name
  • Rights in a proprietary pharmaceutical or medicinal product
  • Rights in a personal name
  • Use of a geographical indication
  • Prohibited marks based on international treaties
  • Rights in a fixed architectural structure or rights in an industrial property
  • Registration under agent’s name or other representative
  • Use of protected state emblems, flags or armorial bearings
  • Functional, descriptive, non-distinctive, disparaging, misleading or deceptive marks

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