Opposition proceedings in national registrations

Once we have received the opposition, we will check through it and, if need be, send the opponent an office action with the request to correct any formal deficiencies within the time limit of either four or eight weeks.

The owner of the trademark will be notified of the opposition and invited to give a statement on it within eight weeks. The owner's statement will then be notified to the opponent who, in turn, can also give a statement.

We will continue to notify the two parties of their respective statements as long as they give statements. There is a time limit of four weeks for giving additional statements. When there are no more statements given, we will pass the opposition on to wait for the processing. After this we will process the matter on the basis of the application documents, the opposition and the given statements in about six months on average.

The losing party can lodge an appeal against the decision with the Finnish Market Court, where the opposition may be rejected or the trademark registration may be revoked either totally or in part due to the opposition.

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Latest update 28.09.2018