Upon publication of a trademark in the Trademarks Journal, any person can file an opposition against registration of the said trademark in Bangladesh by filing a notice of opposition within the prescribed period of 2 months from the date the Trademarks Journal is made available to the public. The time period to file the notice of opposition can be extended by a maximum period of 3 months upon filing a specified request for extension of time thrice for a period of one month, each along with the prescribed fee.

A trademark application can be opposed in Bangladesh on grounds given under Sections 8, 9 and 10 of the Trademarks Act 2009.

Once an opposition is filed against a trademark in Bangladesh a copy of notice of opposition so filed is served to the applicant by the Trademarks Registry and the applicant is then required to file a counterstatement within 2 months of receipt of the notice forwarded by the Registry, failing which the application shall be treated as abandoned.

Thereafter, the Registrar will request evidence in writing from both parties. If the dispute is not settled by the parties, then hearing is fixed in the matter.

The Registrar decides the case made in the opposition proceedings. In the absence of an opposition, a trademark is registered, and the certificate of registration is issued.

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