Opposition to Trademark Registration

There are several grounds that a person making an opposition may rely on. First, Opposition may be made against registration of a trademark under s. 12 on ground that the trademark is similar or nearly resembles the trademark already registered and is therefore likely to deceive or confuse consumers; secondly, opposition may be brought under the provisions of s. 44 on grounds of prior registration in the country of origin. A person may also rely on such grounds as, prior application; prior use; mark not being distinctive; mark being deceptive; mark being generic. A person may also rely on any other ground of unregistrability, i.e. the mark not protectable in a court of law.