Third-parties routinely seek extensions of time to file a Notice of Opposition against pending trademark applications.  The time to oppose a trademark application is 30 days from the date of publication.   An additional 30-day extension will be granted upon request, while 90 day extensions must allege good cause.

Below is a list of representative trademark

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board recently released its TTAB filing statistics for fiscal year 2018.   These updated figures include year-to-year changes in the filing of appeals, notices of oppositions, and petitions for cancellations.  It also provides useful information on the disposition of cases.

Highlights include the following:  (percentage in parentheses signifies change over 2017)

Over 5,000 U.S. trademark oppositions are filed against trademark applications every year.  Often, the opposer is a competitor of the applicant or a company that believes that it would be damaged if the U.S. trademark application were to proceed to registration.

Here are considerations to take into account when determining whether to file a U.S. trademark opposition:
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