Trade mark oppositions

Our team works with clients to lessen the risk of an opposition being filed against an application, by carrying out appropriate searches to identify any conflicting trade marks prior to filing a trade mark application. We also have an enviable track record in successfully defending oppositions.

We assist clients in preventing third parties from acquiring registered trade mark rights which conflict with our clients’ earlier trade mark rights, and can operate watching services to identify whether third parties have attempted to register trade marks, domain names or company names which may conflict with their trade marks. Our team advises on the best strategy to enforce rights against the third party, including negotiations by correspondence or telephone, and trade mark oppositions or other legal dispute procedures.

We take the view that the best interests of our clients is the avoidance of opposition or cancellation proceedings, and will always endeavour to negotiate an appropriate commercial solution on their behalf. However, if opposition or cancellation proceedings are inevitable, we have the skills and expertise to achieve a successful conclusion.