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

Application for trademark registration can be opposed if: 

  • proprietary rights are violated,
  • the mark is descriptive, non-distinctive, deceptive, misleading, disparaging, or causing confusion
  • there is breach of copyright
  • the mark is confusingly similar with an existing registered mark
  • the mark uses any protected emblem or insignia
  • rights to a business/company name or personal name are violated
  • the word has broad or generic meaning
  • there is violation in a registered design
  • rights of a famous mark are violated
  • the mark is indicative of a geographical location
  • public policy or moral standards are violated

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