UK Trade Mark Opposition Procedure
21 May 2019
The opposition procedure is a process that enables third parties to prevent trade mark applications from achieving registration in certain circumstances.
What is the UK Trade Mark opposition?
The opposition is commenced by filing a Notice of Opposition at the UK Intellectual Property Office “UKIPO”.
Prior to filing a formal Notice of Opposition against the trade mark application, we recommend contacting the Applicant and attempt to resolve the issue. Many applications are drafted with broad specifications, therefore it is often possible to eliminate conflicts by requesting that the Applicant limit the specification or delete certain goods and services from the application. This is particularly important for opponents, as it means they will not be penalised as to costs when a decision is reached.
If the Applicant is unwilling to resolve the matter in this way, we recommend filing a Notice of Opposition.
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