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Q7. What are typical reasons for refusal?

Q7. What are typical reasons for refusal?

A7. Some typical cited grounds for rejection are:

(1) Overly broad range of goods or services in one class;
(2) Lack of distinctiveness;
(3) A trademark which is liable to contravene public order or morality;
(4) A trademark which contains a portrait or name of a person other than the applicant;
(5) A trademark which is identical with, or similar to, another party’s trademark which is well known among consumers;
(6) A trademark which is identical or similar to prior registered trademark;
(7) A trademark which is likely to cause confusion in connection with the goods or services pertaining to a business of another person;
(8) trademark which is likely to mislead as to the quality of the goods or services; and
(9) Vagueness of the designated goods or service.