Trademark Objection

Trademark objection refers to the queries raised by the trademark examiner on some grounds in the examination report like deceptive trademark, descriptive trademark, identical trademark.

What is Trademark Objection?

‘Objection’ is the expression of disapproval by the authorities. After scrutinising the trademark application, the examiner may raise the objection in the examination report due to various valid reasons which do not meet the legal norms of the Trademark Act.

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Grounds for Trademark Objection

Generally, trademark applications are objected on the absolute or relative grounds. But a trademark application can be objected under the more than one ground for refusal. Following are some grounds on which examiner can object the trademark registration application:

Absolute Grounds

  • Deceptive Trademark

All the trademarks which are capable of deception of the public by way of any reason related to its use, quality, and character. A deceptive trademark misleads the public about the related goods or services. Such trademarks are deceptively misdescriptive by a vague description of the goods and services which are of nature to create confusion.

  • Descriptive Trademark

Trademark examiner may raise the objection when the registrar considers the trademark of a descriptive nature. Lack of distinctiveness in the trademark creates the dilemma in public. Descriptive trademarks are merely descriptive which identifies the characteristics of the goods or services. They are not entitled to trademark protection and all the benefits go along with.


Relative Grounds

  • The existence of the identical trademark

After examining the trademark application if the examiner found the trademark similar to any existing trademark then objection may raise because registering the two identical marks may lead to confusion on the part of the public. But if the new trademark application is to register in the different class to the earlier mark then it would not consider as identical goods.

  • False specifications of goods or services

If any detail of goods and services specified in the trademark application is vague then examiner may raise the objection. A trademark application must be made in respect of goods or services in a particular class. If goods fall in more than one class then, in that case, it must be grouped together according to class number.


Other Grounds

  • Incorrect details in trademark form

If applicant name, principal place or any other information in the trademark application is false then it most likely to raise the objection by the trademark examiner.

  • Fails to file trademark form

When the application is not made on the correct form, the examiner will raise an objection that the form of the trademark application should be corrected.  In case trademark application is filed by a trademark attorney or trademark agent on behalf of the applicant then form TM-48 must be filed and attached to the trademark application.

  • Prohibited under Emblems and Names Act

Trademarks with the improper use of emblems and names are prohibited. Trademark is prohibited under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950.

  • Lack of exclusive character

A trademark is objectionable if it has no potential to have the distinct character to differentiate among the goods or services in the market. Trademarks with the lack of the exclusive character will not justice the goods or services, the one you applied for.

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