In the European Union, cooling off period is set by the Trademarks Office once the opposition has been received and assuming it is admissible.

The purpose of the cooling off period is to allow parties to negotiation a settlement agreement.

An initial cooling off period is 2 months, but can be requested to a maximum of 24 months.

When the cooling-off period has expired and if no agreement has been reached by the parties, the litigation part of the proceedings begins. Most oppositions are settled as it’s cheaper than to proceed with a full-blown opposition.

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