How often do trademark oppositions happen?

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Written by Tomas Orsula

Senior Trademark Attorney

In general, trademark oppositions don't happen that often. To give you a couple of examples:

In the US, 5,045 oppositions were filed in 2020 out of about 636,000 applications. In the UK, oppositions were filed in 3,584 out of 137,035 new filings.

However, even if the chance of receiving an opposition is quite small, if it does happen, it can complicate matters for you or even prevent you from obtaining your trademark. Therefore, we always recommend entrepreneurs perform a trademark search to learn about similar trademarks whose owners would have the right to raise an opposition.

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