Extensions, accelerated processing or postponement

Extensions of time to oppositions

The owner of the trademark can get an extension to respond to the opposition once without explanations and thereafter in individual cases on separately considered grounds. The same holds true for the opponent, although the opponent has to provide proper explanations from the first extension request onwards. An acceptable reason for granting an extension may be, for instance, ongoing negotiations for a settlement between the two parties.

We grant a summer extension without any explanations if the opposition deadline falls between 1 June and 31 August. You can therefore be granted more than one summer extension.

Accelerated processing or postponement of opposition proceedings

In some cases the parties may want to postpone or accelerate the pending opposition proceedings, for example, because of their negotiations for an agreement or because of a legal action related to the matter.

A request for accelerated processing or postponement can be submitted to the PRH by either party or by the parties together. You must file the request in writing and include sufficient evidence of the grounds for accelerated processing or postponement.

We consider the requests on a case-by-case basis and always notify the parties of whether we will accelerate or postpone the proceedings or continue at the normal pace.

We may also postpone the opposition proceedings automatically. This will happen if an earlier trademark invoked in the opposition is not yet legally valid. If you file your opposition late, we usually process it at an accelerated pace and make the decision not to examine it.

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Latest update 30.12.2016