2. The Registrar's role in an opposition

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Once the opposition commences the parties have set periods in which to file their evidence.  

When all the evidence periods have ended the parties are given an opportunity to be heard, in person or in writing, by a delegate of the Registrar on the merits of the opposition (section 54 and reg 17A.34M).  Following the hearing the delegate, as an administrative decision maker, will decide, on the basis of the evidence and the parties’ submissions, whether or not the opposed trade mark may be registered or protected (section 55 and reg 17A.34N).  

The delegate’s decision may be appealed in the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court (section 56 and reg 17A.34P).