The trade mark team at WP Thompson handles a large volume of trade mark applications both at the UKIPO and at EUIPO. Neither of these offices raises objections to applications on the basis of potentially conflicting earlier trade mark rights. The need for owners of earlier rights to raise objection by way of opposition, invalidity or revocation proceedings is therefore great. We have been able to adapt and respond to this need by relying on the benefit of extensive experience in handling opposition matters, both as opponent and defendant, at the UKIPO and at EUIPO, both at first instance and on appeal.
Opposition in both the UKIPO and EUIPO represents an efficient route for preventing registration of a potentially conflicting third party mark. The decision reached at first instance can have consequences for future proceedings. The potential benefits of opposition should therefore be maximised through the benefit of knowledge and experience such as that offered by the attorneys in the WP Thompson trade mark team.
Should such procedures not be available to bring the trade mark rights into question, our clients can rely also on our great experience in revocation and invalidity proceedings to assess what further options might be available to bring the trade mark right at issue into question.