Trademark Objection


A trademark objection is an objection by the Trademark Registry when they have a reason to believe that the Trademark Application filed by an applicant has some error or defects or is same or similar to an existing Trademark.

After filing a trademark application, it goes through a process where a Trademark Examiner looks into the application and checks if there are any existing trademarks that are the same or similar to the one you’re applying for. The Trademark Examiner’s findings are put together in a document called the trademark examination report.

Conditions where Objection can be raised:

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Advantages of Objection Reply

If you want to continue and carry on using your distinctive trademark, filing and objection reply is pivotal.
Filing an objection reply within the 30 days of issue of the examination report is important as it prevents the Trademark Application filed by the Applicant from getting cancelled by the Trademark Registry.
Filing an objection reply with clear evidence and explanation backed by proper documents can improve the chances of obtaining approval of the trademark.

Difference between Trademark Objection and Trademark Opposition


Trademark Objection

Trademark Opposition

Issued by

Trademark Registry

Third Party




Reply Timeline

Within 1 month of the report

Within 4 months of publication

No Reply Effect




Before Opposition

After Objection

Trademark vs Copyright vs Patent





What can be protected?

Product, Service, Word, Device, Collective Mark, Numbers, Certification Mark, Packaging, Shape, Colour, Pattern, Sound, Symbol, Slogan, Tag line.

Inventions, Product or Process.

Books, articles, music, photography, sculptures, dances, sound recordings, motion films etc.


Distinctiveness and Uniqueness.

Novel, Unique and Industrial applicability.

Unique and Original work


10 years

20 years

Author’s lifetime + 60 years.