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

Acceptable grounds for opposition include: 

  • A similar or identical mark was registered earlier by another person or company
  • A well-known mark was copied or if it looks almost the same as a notorious mark
  • The mark was registered in the agent’s name or a representative of the owner of the mark
  • Rights against trade names are violated
  • Absolute grounds such as deceptiveness, descriptiveness, non-distinctiveness, etc.
  • Violation of prior rights such as rights to a copyrighted material, personal name, patented design, etc.

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