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

The following are possible grounds for an application to be challenged: 

  • Conflicting registration that was filed earlier
  • Mark is opposed to moral principles or public policy
  • Mark uses geographical indications
  • Mark has a broad meaning, i.e., generic
  • Mark is conflicting with trade names
  • Mark is conflicting with notorious trade names
  • Mark uses protected flags, emblems or armorial bearings
  • Mark is functional, not distinct, misleading, disparaging, deceptive, or descriptive

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