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

The following reasons are grounds for opposition to be granted: 

  • A similar mark was registered earlier
  • The mark is a description of the product’s intended purpose, value or other characteristics
  • It is difficult to see the distinctiveness of the mark
  • Breach of copy
  • The mark violated the rights of famous marks
  • Violation of Article 6septies or Article 8 of the Paris Convention
  • Unauthorized use of protected emblems, flags and insignia

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