Trade Mark Oppositions

Murgitroyd files, manages and wins trade mark oppositions all over the world and has done so for over 45 years.  We are able to act directly in the UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland and can assist in any country, thanks to our trusted network of foreign associates providing global reach.

At Murgitroyd, we have to make sure that every Attorney in our team has contentious expertise and is a formidable opposing attorney. We consider this essential since filing and prosecution must always have in mind the goal of avoiding or defeating opposition, and the necessary instincts can only be developed through experience with trade mark oppositions.

Opposition and legal practice is constantly evolving and so our attorneys work closely together, to ensure that our expertise is cumulative and current.

Our key areas of trade mark oppositions include:
  • UK oppositions
  • EUIPO oppositions
  • Irish oppositions
  • French / German / Italian oppositions,
  • US TTAB oppositions (in close partnership with our US associates)
  • Opposition and invalidation of bad faith applications or registrations in key jurisdictions
While we always have the opposition win in sight, we stay in close dialogue with our clients, and keep in mind the following:
  • The original objective (avoid mission creep)
  • The original budget
  • Cost to benefit ratio
  • Opportunities for settlement
  • Exposure to costs awards
  • The risk of adverse outcomes
  • Estoppel risks
  • Discovery risks
  • Drain on executive time
  • Risk of adverse publicity

Murgitroyd’s approach to opposition is agile but assertive, and constantly adapts to the changing dynamics of a dispute, as well as your priorities.

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Dewney Drew Photo

Dewdney Drew

Director, Trade Marks

Joanne Lecky

Managing Director, Trade Marks

Anne Bashir

Anne Bashir

Director, Trade Marks

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