What does it mean if a trademark is 'published for oppositions'?

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Written by Igor Demcak

CEO & Legal Mind

Once the trademark application passes through the IP office's initial assessment, it is published for oppositions. During this period, owners of previously registered trademarks (as well as the general public) have the right to challenge your registration by raising oppositions. The length of this window varies from country to country, but it's usually around 1 to 3 months. On average, oppositions are raised in about 5% of new trademark applications.

If an opposition is raised, the applicant can decide whether they wish to resolve the opposition (either amicably or via a legal proceeding) or abandon the application (thereby losing all fees paid to the IPO).

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