Suggested Format for Notice of Opposition


(This is a suggested format for preparing a Notice of Opposition.  This document is not meant to be used as a form to be filled in and returned to the Board.  Rather, it is a suggested format, which shows how the Notice of Opposition should be set up.

Opposers may follow this format in preparing their own Notice of Opposition but need not copy those portions of the suggested format which are not relevant.)



In the matter of trademark application Serial No.............................

For the mark...............................................................................

Published in the Official Gazette on....…..(Date)..............................

(Name of opposer)


(Name of applicant)


       State opposer's name, address, and entity information as follows:


                            (Name of individual as opposer, and business trade name, if any;

                    ______________________Business address)_____________________

OR                            (Name of partnership as opposer; Names of partners;

                    ________________Business address of partnership)__________________

OR                       (Name of corporation as opposer; State or country of incorporation;

                    _______________Business address of corporation)___________________

The above-identified opposer believes that it/he/she will be damaged

by registration of the mark shown in the above-identified application, and

hereby opposes the same.(2)

The grounds for opposition are as follows:

[Please set forth, in separately numbered paragraphs,

the allegations of opposer’s standing and grounds for opposition.](3)

By ________(Signature)(4)________ Date____________________

(Identification of person signing)(5)


(1) If opposer is an individual, state the opposer's name, business trade name, if any, and

business address.  If opposer is a partnership, state the name of the partnership, the names

of the partners, and the business address of the partnership.  If opposer is a corporation,

state the name of the corporation, the state (or country, if opposer is a foreign

corporation) of incorporation, and the business address of the corporation.  If opposer is

an association or other similar type of juristic entity, state the information required for a

corporation, changing the term "corporation" throughout to an appropriate designation.

(2) The required fee must be submitted for each party joined as opposer for each class

opposed, and if fewer than the total number of classes in the application are opposed, the

classes opposed should be specified.

(3) Set forth a short and plain statement here showing why the opposer believes it/he/she

would be damaged by the registration of the opposed mark, and state the grounds for

opposing.  Each numbered paragraph should be limited, as far as practicable, to a

statement of a single set of circumstances.  See Rules 8(a) and 10(b) of the Federal Rules

of Civil Procedure.

(4) The opposition need not be verified, and may be signed by the opposer or by the

opposer's attorney or other authorized representative.  If an opposer signing for itself is a

partnership, the signature must be made by a partner; if an opposer signing for itself is a

corporation or similar juristic entity, the signature must be made by an officer of the

corporation or other juristic entity who has authority to sign for the entity and whose title

is given.

(5) State the capacity in which the signing individual signs, e.g., attorney for opposer,

opposer (if opposer is an individual), partner of opposer (if opposer is a partnership),

officer of opposer identified by title (if opposer is a corporation), etc.


  If the opposer is not domiciled in the United States, and is not represented by an

attorney or other authorized representative located in the United States, a domestic

representative must be designated.

  If the opposer wishes to furnish a power of attorney, it may do so, but an attorney

at law is not required to furnish a power.

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