When you would like to oppose a mark…

Having a trademark is not like lying back in the armchair. It is of the applicant’s interest to protect his or her mark, because neither any of the national trademark offices nor the OHIM will do that for them. Therefore, when owning one or more trademarks, one has to pay close attention to managing his or her portfolio effectively. It might sound strange but ownership over a trademark does not mean that the offices would not proceed with the registration of similar or even identical marks. The OHIM does not make any examination in this regard. Therefore, it is always the applicant’s task to examine whether someone files registration of similar marks, and whether this CTM application is dangerous to his or her rights.