A CMC is a
meeting between the parties and the Registrar, conducted under Rule 81A of the
Trade Marks Rules, for the Registrar to make orders or give directions for the
just, expeditious and economical disposal of the matter at hand.
Counter-Statement is filed, if parties indicate in the Notification to
Registrar that they have not communicated with each other, the Registrar will
most likely convene a CMC for parties to communicate with each other. Parties
will update the Registrar on the state of play between them. Depending on the
circumstances of the case, the Registrar will issue timelines for the filing of
evidence by both parties. For example, if there are several issues in dispute,
parties are based overseas and are negotiating, the timelines given may be
longer than in another case where there are fewer issues in dispute, the
parties are based in Singapore and are not negotiating.