Can you lose your trademark if you don't defend it?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

Yes, it is possible for you to lose legal rights if you do not respond to an opposition case, as the intellectual property office oversees the opposition process itself.

In the case of no defence being provided, it is possible for a third party to claim additional requirements outside of just securing the trademark registration, such as requiring you to cease the use of the brand completely in commerce in the country of registration, taking over any website domains which might carry the trademark and the destruction of any data or goods which have been manufactured under the trademark.

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