If the Examiner /Registrar raises objections in the Examination Report, the status of your trademark application will show as “Objected”. After the application is scrutinized, objections may be raised by the Examiner/Registrar under the Trade Marks Act Sections 9 and 11. For Example, Objections are likely to be made under Section 9, when the Examiner/ Registrar considers the trade mark to be descriptive of generics/laudatory/goods indicating nature or quality of the goods.
To overcome this objection, it is essential to show that the trade mark is characteristically distinctive. This objection can also be avoided if the trade mark has developed a unique character because of extensive use. For this purpose, it is required to submit a user affidavit with cogent evidences which shows that the trade mark has acquired uniqueness. Section 11 objections are made by the examiner/ Registrar when there is a similar/ identical trademark in respect of similar/identical services/goods already on record in the Trade Mark Registry. In such a case, the Examiner/ Registrar issues a computer-generated Search Report which comprises the list of conflicting marks.
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