Trademark Oppositions: What Should You Do If Your Trademark is Opposed?
As a company owner or business owner or individual filing for a trademark, you will pay all of your fees and insistence wait several months for a trademark examination and review the application by trademark Authority. At the end of the examination process, if your application fulfills all of the standard for registration, the examiner will publish your application in trademark journal for “opposition.” But what does this mean? This article talks about the trademark opposition process before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Authority.
Trademark application has been “published for opposition.” What does that mean?
After your trademark application has been assess and approved by trademark examiner, the Trademark will be published for opposition, which signify that the mark opposition period starts. The trademark opposition period is a period of four (4) month when anyone with a real interest in the proceeding can oppose the trademark application and attempt to stop the trademark from being registered. The mark is published in the official Gazette of trademark department, an online trademark journal publication that carry all of the brand/trademark that have been published for opposition.
Who can oppose my trademark?
Anyone was a “real” or “lawful owner” interest in the trademark may oppose a trademark form registration. Generally, this means that the opposing party must have a direct and personal pole in the outcome, and the belief must be logical and shows a real interest in the issue. Therefore, a party cannot become an opposition because it thinks the registration of trademark would generally be unfair. He must show that it will have a personal intrest on the opposer. If the opposer is claiming that it owns the registration for a puzzling similar mark, the ownership proof of a trademark registration is generally sufficient, as long as the owner can show that in some way his or her registered trademark might be damaged.
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