opposition

25 October, 2018

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A challenge or objection to the registration of a trademark registration. Oppositions are most commonly filed when someone believes that a mark is confusingly similar to an existing mark, or is descriptive, generic, or deceptive. For pending trademarks in the U.S., there is a 30-day period for the public to object to the registration of the mark by filing an opposition notice explaining why the mark should not be registered. Once received, the owner of the application has 30 days to respond with an answer. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board will conduct a proceeding (a mini-trial based on written records), and then issue a final decision.

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