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WHAT IS TRADEMARK HEARING?
The process of trademark hearing begins when the reply filed in response to the examination report is not accepted. When the attempt to validate the trademark becomes unsuccessful, then the trademark registrar sends a show-cause notice to the applicant. In this notice, the applicant is directed to appear before the tribunal and present their case either by themselves or through a representative.
Getting a trademark registered for your brand name or product is essential for protecting its brand value. But it may happen that the trademark examiner raises an objection against your trademark application for some reason and you’re not able to validate your trademark claims.
The trademark examiner raises a trademark objection in any of the following situations:
- In case of incorrect filing of the trademark application.
- In case of any guideline violation by the trademark.
In most cases, simply replying to the objection notice is enough and helps in getting your application cleared. But there are some cases where these responses are not accepted by the examiner. In such a case, the objection proceeds to the next step of the trademark hearing.