Opposition and cancellation proceedings are important elements of any brand strategy, helping owners keep trade mark registers free from conflicting marks. New trade mark filings can also give an early warning of a competitor’s commercial plans, helping brand owners to deal with any issues at an early stage when the chances of a successful outcome are at their highest.
We therefore operate watching services for many of our clients, advising which marks we think they should be aware of and what we think they should do about the situation.
In this way we can assist you in identifying and objecting to trade mark applications that conflict with your established trade mark rights, and have an impressive success rate in opposition proceedings. However, we also understand that in many cases, a negotiated settlement is a more appropriate approach and we have helped clients resolve numerous cases over the years whether acting for the opponent or defending an incoming opposition.