Opposition to a registration of trademark

PRV announce registered trademarks in The Swedish Trademark Gazette so that the public have a possibility to oppose to new registrations.

If you believe that a trademark should not have been registered, you can object to the registration.

Example of ground for objection

  • the trademark may be confused with an earlier right
  • the trademark is devoid of any distinctive character
  • the person who applied for registration of the trademark has done so in bad faith.

If you wish to object to a trademark registration, you must submit your objection to PRV within three months from the date of announcement.

If an objection to a trademark is received, the owner of the trademark is always given the opportunity to respond to the content of the objection before PRV decides the matter.

If you as a trademark owner receive an objection directed against your registered trademark due to confusion with a previous registration, you can request that the opponent shows proof of use.

You can expect a decision within six months after the correspondence between the parties is completed.

Decisions made by PRV can be appealed to The Patent and Market Court.

Trademark opposition, online service (external website)

Revocation

If more than three months have passed from the date of publication you can no longer oppose to a trademark registration. In that case you can petition to get the registration cancelled, either by applying for revocation to PRV or filing a petition for cancellation to The Patent and Market Court.

Applying for revocation