About the Trademarks Opposition Board

The Trademarks Opposition Board (TMOB) acts on behalf of the Registrar with respect to two types of proceedings: opposition proceedings and section 45 proceedings.

The TMOB comprises of a chairperson, members, hearing officers, a manager and clerks. The chair, members and hearing officers each has delegated authority from the Registrar to conduct hearings and render decisions pursuant to the Trade-marks Act and Trade-marks Regulations.

The responsibilities of the TMOB with respect to opposition and section 45 proceedings include:

  • assessing the initial request;
  • corresponding with both parties;
  • ruling on various interlocutory matters (oppositions proceedings only);
  • scheduling and conducting oral hearings; and
  • rendering decisions.