Trademark oppositions occur when a trademark owner alleges a likelihood of confusion arising from a pending trademark application bearing an alleged similarity to its own mark. The trademark opposition is filed to block the issuance of the pending mark. Should the matter be disputed, these matters frequently settle in their early stages. Such disputes are sometimes litigated, in which case they are handled by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in a manner similar to a trademark infringement lawsuit, with full discovery, summary judgment motions, final written briefs and, if requested, final arguments before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). The matter must be litigated pursuant to the TTAB’s administrative rules and the deadlines set forth by the TTAB.
The trademark opposition attorneys at Thomas P. Howard, LLC have handled multiple trademark opposition proceedings on behalf of Thomas P. Howard’s clients, and our attorneys are quite familiar with the law relevant to these matters. For a free consult regarding trademarked opposition issues, simply e-mail us, or call us at (303) 665-9845.