Trademark Oppositions in Bosnia Herzegovina

Trademark Cancellations in Bosnia and Herzegovina

A trademark is any sign that can be represented graphically and capable of distinguishing goods or services.

After filing the trademark application, there is an examination step in which the examiners from the Patent and Trademark Office checks the proposed description of goods and/or services associated with the given mark and decides whether it can be registered or not.

Please note that, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, trademark oppositions are not available.

The alternative that an opponent can use is the cancellation procedure which should be based on relative grounds, absolute grounds, on non-use, bad faith issues, conflicting copyright or design rights; rights under Art. 6 bis of the Paris Convention or notorious or well-known mark; rights under Art. 6 septies of the Paris Convention; rights of a registered local company name, rights under Art. 8 of the Paris Convention; rights under Art. 6 ter of the Paris Convention (Prohibitions concerning State Emblems, Official Hallmarks, and Emblems of Intergovernmental Organizations); offenses against public policy or principles of morality.

The term to file a cancellation or an equivalent action is of five years. In case of non-use, the deadline is after five years of non-use.

The cancellation authority is the Bosnian patent office.

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