I have applied through WIPO, and in some countries, my trademark application was accepted, but in others, I have received refusals. How is this possible, and what can be done about it?

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Written by Tomas Orsula

Senior Trademark Attorney

International registration offered by WIPO is only a bundle of national registrations. It does not lead to circumvention of the national laws. Each contracting party has the right to refuse the application based on its national law, which would apply only within its territory, without effect on your other marks.

Once the International Bureau sends you a notification of refusal, further procedure is carried out by the designated Contracting Party itself, WIPO excluded. In case of further proceedings, it is recommended to hire an experienced trademark lawyer.

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