Answer to Notice of Opposition (Trademark) Template
If somebody has filed a Notice of Opposition against your pending U.S. trademark application, or your client’s U.S. trademark application, you can use this template as the skeleton of your Answer to the Notice of Opposition.
When you file an Answer to a trademark Opposition, you need to address every point made in the Opposition, line for line. You don’t really make any arguments in one of these; you mostly just use boilerplate to either deny, admit, or ignore each point made in the Opposition.
This template shows you how that typically looks, and includes several different standard boilerplate lines. It has admissions, denials of allegations, denials of knowledge, and warranted non-responses. It also includes eight Affirmative Defenses that are typically included in Answers to Oppositions, including failure to state a claim, laches, estoppel, and unclean hands.
Just use the different types of line-by-line responses we include and arrange them in a way that corresponds to the opposer’s allegations in order to create a valid Answer to a Trademark Opposition that you can file with the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (TTAB). This template has been used many times by our partner law firm, JPG Legal. It also includes the required Certificate of Service on the last page.
Note that this template is for situations where somebody has opposed your pending trademark application. It is not for Petitions for Cancellation against fully registered trademarks. If you want a template for an Answer to a Petition for Cancellation, go here.
Microsoft Word Document (.docx). This file can be opened using the default software on Windows and Mac as well as Google Docs.
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