How do I oppose someone else's trademark application?

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Written by Igor Demcak

CEO & Legal Mind

There are four essential steps that you can follow if you wish to oppose someone else's trademark application.

  1. Investigate the trademark application in question to make sure you understand the intentions of the third party. Make sure you are familiar with the goods and services they will be selling.
  2. Decide if you can file the opposition without the help of a legal expert. It might be a bit tricky to file an opposition yourself if you are not familiar with the process.
  3. Establish the grounds for opposition. Even though the mark passed the examination process and the examiner found no issues, you can dispute the ruling during the publication period. If a trademark is too similar to your registered mark, you can file an opposition based on the likelihood of confusion, dilution, or bad faith grounds.
  4. Fill out all the necessary forms and respond to any questions within a set period of time. Provide any evidence that will help you support your reason for opposition and pay the required filing fees.
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