How can I decrease the risk of my trademark being rejected?

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Written by Tomas Orsula

Senior Trademark Attorney

While there is no guarantee that a trademark application will be accepted, there are steps you can take to decrease the risk of rejection. Here are some strategies to consider:

  • Conduct a Comprehensive Trademark Search: Before filing your trademark application, conduct a thorough search to identify any existing trademarks that may conflict with yours. This can help you avoid potential objections or oppositions during the application process.
  • Choose a Distinctive Mark: Select a trademark that is unique and distinctive. Avoid generic or descriptive terms that are commonly used in your industry. The more distinctive and original your mark, the stronger the chances of registration.
  • Provide Accurate and Complete Information: When filing your application, provide accurate and detailed information about your trademark and the goods or services it represents. Any inconsistencies or incomplete information can lead to objections or rejection.
  • Classify Goods and Services Correctly: Properly classify your goods and services according to the accepted classification systems, such as the Nice Classification. Ensure that you accurately describe the products or services associated with your trademark.

Remember that trademark laws and procedures can vary across jurisdictions, so it's advisable to consult with a legal professional experienced in trademark matters specific to your jurisdiction to ensure accurate and up-to-date guidance.

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