They had NO RIGHT to apply for these, as generic words have to be disclaimed.
any TM lawyer on the planet - Generic terms receive no protection in trademark law.
Protection does not extend to such portions.
IMO you are being fed lies again.
This is why I believe the authorities corrupt.
Other reason to deny
is your trade mark the sort of word, logo, picture
or other sign that others in your line of trade may reasonably wish to use?
we think it is, we will raise an objection to your mark.
and trademarks are two seperate entities. What the authorities are doing is based
on a lie.
To be registrable a trade mark must be:
distinctive for the
goods/services for which registration is sought,
not deceptive, or
contrary to law or morality,
not identical or similar to any earlier marks
for the same or similar goods/services.