Friendly Settlement

A friendly settlement in trademark law refers to an agreement between the parties involved in an opposition proceeding to resolve their dispute amicably and without the need for further legal proceedings. The friendly settlement may involve an agreement to modify the proposed trademark or to limit the goods or services covered by the trademark.

A friendly settlement can be reached at any stage of an opposition proceeding, including before the filing of a Notice of Opposition or during the adversarial stage. The parties may choose to engage in negotiations or alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation or settlement talks in order to reach a mutually agreeable solution.

If the parties are able to reach a friendly settlement, they can file a joint request with the trademark office to have the opposition proceedings suspended or withdrawn. The joint request should include details of the agreed-upon settlement, and should be accompanied by any necessary documents or evidence.

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