It appears that Harry and Meghan’s UK trade mark application for SUSSEX ROYAL faces numerous potential oppositions after the filing of various Notices of Threatened Opposition.
The UK trade mark application for SUSSEX ROYAL THE FOUNDATION OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX has also had its opposition period extended by one month.
A Notice of Threatened Opposition extends the opposition period by one month in order to allow the parties concerned time to settle the matter amicably if possible. Further, it is not a guarantee that an opposition will be filed. This is an automatic extension and requires a simple form to be completed. The applications have not failed, as has been incorrectly reported by some!
Should these third parties wish to oppose, they will need to file a Notice of Opposition, which will include the grounds of opposition. It will be interesting to see if the objections are based on confusing similarity and likelihood of confusion and/or the objection is to the inclusion of ‘royal’ (particularly given that they will no longer be royals).
Either way, Harry and Meghan are going to be busy defending their applications and it is likely to be a year or more until decisions are reached.
Since the objection was first publicised, three similar notices also appear to have been filed on 24 January. The notices mean the "opposition period", during which detailed objections can be made, is extended to 20 March.