Trademark Oppositions in Liechtenstein

Cancellations in national trademark registration procedure in Liechtenstein

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 Liechtenstein, trademark oppositions are not available.

The alternatives that an opponent can use are the cancellation, invalidation, legal injunction, criminal proceeding concerning trademark piracy or sequestration.

The cancellation or any equivalent procedure should be based on relative and 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 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.

In general, the cancellation action can be filed at any time after the registration date. In case of non-use, the commencing term is after five years on non-use in European Economic Area and in Switzerland. The cancellation authority is Court in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, for the first instance.

If you are facing oppositions in national trademark registration procedure in Liechtenstein, please contact us at office@trademark-oppositions.com.