What is a Trademark Opposition?

A Trademark Opposition is a formal legal challenge to a trademark registration. It is filed by an individual or entity who believes that a recently approved trademark registration conflicts with their existing trademark rights or if they believe that the trademark registration should not have been granted due to other legal reasons. The Trademark Opposition process takes place after the trademark has been published for opposition, typically after it has been approved and a Notice of Allowance has been issued. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) is responsible for hearing and deciding trademark opposition cases.

If a trademark opposition is successful, the registration of the trademark in question will be cancelled or modified. It is important to understand that a trademark opposition is a legal proceeding and it can be costly and time-consuming, so it should be considered carefully before taking any action.