EU Trademark Opposition Procedure

This service allows you to defend yourself against opposition before the EUIPO (European Intellectual Property Office).

Assistance in EU trademark opposition proceedings is one the services in the practice area “Trademarks Registration“.

When the owner of an EU trademark is challenged by the Trademark Office, or receives a notice of opposition to registration from earlier trademark owners, we assist him/her in defending his/her trademark. We also provide assistance to Clients who want to oppose the registration of another person’s EU trademark that is identical or confusingly similar to their own.


Assistance in EU trademark opposition proceedings is requested by:

  1. Clients who have received a challenge/opposition to an EU trade mark application;
  2. Clients who are the owner of a trademark in the European territory and want to file an opposition to the registration of another EU trademark that is identical or confusingly similar to your trade mark.

In order to file an opposition, you must be the owner of a valid trademark in the territory of the European Union or in a Member State.

It is important to act quickly and within the time limits prescribed by EUIPO.


Our EU trademark opposition service includes:

  • An initial meeting – by appointment in the office or by telematic means – aimed at gathering information and the pertinent documentation;
  • Searches and investigations into the involved trademarks;
  • Legal advice from the Firm’s professionals;
  • The management of the entire opposition procedure before the EUIPO.

The pleadings and replies in the opposition proceedings are necessary to thoroughly argue the existence or absence of likelihood of confusion and most importantly the proofs regarding the use of the mark and its novelty.

The Firm’s lawyers also provide assistance to Clients in any negotiations aimed at reaching a coexistence agreement (establishing, for instance, a limitation of the products’ list).


Canella Camaiora Law Firm is highly qualified in the management and protection of industrial and intellectual property rights. Moreover, the Firm is also highly qualified in specialised litigation in the area of industrial law.

Our extensive experience allows us to assist our clients in an accurate and prudent manner – also with regard to the financial aspects and the actual opportunity of each proceeding.


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