Trademark Services

Trademark opposition

A process of protecting your business own unique identity

Trademark opposition is a legal proceeding in which a third party opposes the registration of a trademark that has been applied for with a government trademark office. When an individual or company applies for a trademark, the application is typically published in an official gazette or similar publication. During this publication period, other parties who believe that the proposed trademark could infringe upon their existing rights or who have other valid reasons for opposition can file a formal objection.

The grounds for opposition vary by jurisdiction but often include concerns such as similarity to existing trademarks, likelihood of confusion among consumers, lack of distinctiveness, and other legal reasons. The opposition process allows interested parties to protect their own trademarks and prevent the registration of potentially conflicting or confusing marks.

Trademark Opposition Process

  • Publication in Trademarks Journal: Following the successful completion of the examination stage, the trademark application enters the publication phase, where it is made public in the Trademarks Journal.
  • Opposition Timeframe: A crucial aspect of trademark opposition is the specified window of time—typically around four months—during which external parties can formally oppose the registration by filing a Notice of Opposition.
  • Grounds for Opposition: Oppositions can be based on various grounds, including claims of similarity to existing trademarks, lack of distinctiveness, or violations of legal provisions.
  • Filing a Notice of Opposition: To initiate the opposition process, the third-party opponent submits a formal Notice of Opposition within the stipulated timeframe. This document outlines the grounds for opposition and may include supporting evidence.
  • Counter-Statement by the Applicant: In response to the Notice of Opposition, the applicant has the opportunity to submit a Counterstatement. This document addresses the grounds raised by the opposing party and may include legal arguments, defenses, and evidence supporting the registration of the trademark.
  • Evidence Stage: Both the opponent and the applicant may have the chance to present additional evidence supporting their respective positions. This stage strengthens the arguments made by both parties.
  • Hearing Stage: If the opposition persists despite negotiations or the Registrar’s involvement, a formal hearing may be scheduled. During the hearing, both parties present their cases, and the Registrar makes a decision based on the arguments and evidence.
  • Registrar’s Decision: The Registrar may uphold the opposition, dismiss it, or suggest conditions for the registration of the trademark. The final decision is communicated to both parties.

How Intellect Vidhya Solutions Can Assist?

Intellect Vidhya Solutions is here to support you through trademark opposition. Our legal team strategically responds to opposition by analysing and defending your trademark against raised concerns. We help prepare a detailed Counterstatement, addressing each opposition ground and presenting strong arguments for your trademark’s registration. If needed, we gather relevant evidence to reinforce your case. Our professionals engage in negotiations to explore settlement options, aiming to streamline the opposition process. During hearings, our experienced attorneys represent you effectively, emphasizing the strengths of your trademark. If faced with an unfavourable decision, we guide you through potential appeals and further legal actions to protect your trademark rights. Count on us for dedicated assistance at every stage of the trademark opposition process.