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Is it possible to cancel a registration?

The following can be grounds for cancellation:

  • bad faith
  • the mark is generic
  • the mark is descriptive
  • expired registration
  • the mark is misleading, deceptive or disparaging
  • the mark is functional
  • use of protected armorial bearings, flags and other State emblems
  • use of a geographical indication
  • inclusion of a badge or emblem of particular public interest
  • express renunciation by the owner
  • unused trademark for five consecutive years
  • the mark is contradictory to public policy or principles of morality
  • registration was declared as invalid by a competent authority

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