Do I need representation in the opposition proceedings?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

If you are on the opposing side, then you don't need representation to enforce your rights and raise an opposition against another mark.

If you are on the defending side, it's also not mandatory. If you are already represented by an attorney who helped you prepare and/or file the trademark application, the IP office will send any communication, including the Notice of Opposition, to them, after which they will forward it to you. Theoretically, you don't have to use their services to craft and submit a response; however, we would strongly advise doing so since the opposition process can be quite intricate, and you might risk losing your trademark.

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