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

Trademarks are opposed on these grounds: 

  • Proprietary rights
  • Conflict with moral principles and public policy
  • Inclusion of geographical indications
  • Generic marks or common terms
  • Conflict with a famous personal name
  • Conflict with a registered design
  • Conflict with trade names
  • Registration under a different name such as name of agent or other representatives
  • Inclusion of an armorial bearing, protected emblem or flag
  • Conflict with a famous mark
  • Breach of copyright
  • Functional, misleading, deceptive, disparaging or descriptive mark

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