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

The following are grounds for opposition: 

  • Breach of copyright
  • Proprietary right
  • Generic marks or terms
  • Conflicts with morality and public order
  • Bad faith
  • Rights in a company name, personal name, or registered design
  • Unauthorized use of emblems or insignias of a nation
  • Use of geographical indication
  • Rights in trade names
  • Registration under agent’s name
  • Use of protected state emblems, armorial bearings or flags
  • Rights of a famous or well-known trademark
  • Mark is functional, misleading, not distinctive, or descriptive

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