The Opposition proceedings in trademark law is a procedure that allows third parties to object to the registration of a trademark. This procedure is important to ensure that only legally sound trademarks are registered and to prevent conflicts with existing trademark rights. The opposition procedure typically occurs after the publication of a trademark application, but before the final registration.
Here are the basic steps in the objection procedure:
- Publication of the trademark application: After a brand has been Trademark Office Once the application has been filed and has passed the formal examination, the application is usually published in a trademark gazette or a public register. This gives third parties the opportunity to check the submitted trademark.
- Filing of the objection: Within a certain period after publication, third parties who believe that the filed trademark infringes their existing trademark rights have the opportunity to file an opposition against the registration of the trademark. The opposition is a formal declaration in which the reasons for the refusal of the trademark are set out.
- Examination of the objection: The Trademark Office examines the opposition received and evaluates the arguments and evidence presented. It checks whether the submitted trademark actually infringes existing trademark rights.
- Decision of the Trademark Office: After completion of the audit, the Trademark Office a decision on the opposition. This can lead to the rejection of the trademark application, to a partial restriction of the trademark or to other decisions.
- Reaction to the decision: The parties have the opportunity to react to the decision of the trademark office. This may include, for example, submitting arguments, changing the trademark or settling disputes.