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

Grounds for opposition include: 

  • Identical or confusingly similar to a internationally known trademark
  • Unauthorized use of national insignia or protected emblems
  • Company name rights
  • Conflict with moral standards or issues with public policy
  • Geographical indication in the mark
  • Generic mark
  • Personal name rights
  • Registered design rights
  • Trade name rights
  • Registration under representative’s name instead of the proprietor
  • Use of protected armorial bearings, state emblems or flags
  • Well-known mark rights
  • Breach of copyright
  • Proprietary rights
  • Functional, misleading, disparaging, deceptive or descriptive marks

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