Most trade mark registration systems provide a period in which interested third parties may oppose grant of a trade mark registration, either before or shortly after grant of a registration.
There are a number of reasons why a trade mark application may be opposed:
Many oppositions are settled by agreement between the applicant and opponent. Otherwise, the relevant trade mark office will decide the matter, and in some territories the losing party is asked to pay costs to the successful party.
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