Our Patent and Trade Mark Oppositions & Appeals experts have an enviable success rate

Achieving success in oppositions and appeals is critical for any innovation-orientated business seeking commercial advantage and growth. We have an excellent track record handling offensive and defensive patent and trade mark oppositions, appeals and cancellations both in the UK and Europe.

We have advised hundreds of clients on their opposition and appeals strategies and have a deep understanding of this area. Not only do we have the technical expertise and knowledge of the subject matters under scrutiny, but also a forensic understanding of the evolving procedural aspects of the various processes involved. Our proven track record in successfully defending intellectual property rights for our clients and attacking third party rights that cause concern, means we are the firm of choice for some of the most opposed companies in the world.


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Special Report: EPO Opposition Trends in Engineering, Electronics and Software


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We have analysed more than 8000 opposition cases filed at the EPO over the last 12 years, studying the timelines for hundreds of engineering, electronics and software oppositions. Through this research we are able to see how oppositions are affected by procedural changes and the Covid-19 pandemic so we can advise our clients on the best opposition strategies to succeed.

With a focus on Transport, Medical Devices, Telecommunications and Software, we also look at whether opposition outcomes are the same across the different technology sectors and which players are the most active.

 

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Specialists in oppositions and appeals

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Patent Opposition & Appeals

Europe's number one choice for patent opposition and appeals our team is one of the largest in Europe with a huge amount of collective experience and an outstanding track record at the EPO.

As one of the largest patent teams in Europe, we can draw on a huge amount of collective patent opposition experience. But we are always looking for new ways to stay at the cutting-edge of strategic advice.

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Trade Mark Oppositions & Appeals

A powerful force in oppositions & appeals our trade mark team have an excellent track record at the UKIPO and EUIPO, successfully defending and attacking applications for our clients.

We represent clients at oral hearings and appeals at the UKIPO and have also been involved in appeal procedures before both English Courts and the Courts of the European Union, in particular the General Court.

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TRADE MARK OPPOSITIONS

Read our outline of the normal UK
trade mark opposition procedure including who can oppose, how long it takes and possible grounds.

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PATENT OPPOSITIONS

Read our outline of the normal European
patent opposition procedure including who can oppose, how long it takes and possible grounds.

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ABOUT ORAL PROCEEDINGS

Oral proceedings provide an opportunity to finally discuss all matters raised in proceedings between a party and the EPO, in order to settle a dispute.

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Special Report

Opposition Trends in the Life Sciences Sector

Achieving success in oppositions at the European Patent Office is critical for any innovation-oriented business seeking commercial advantage and growth. Our Special Report into Opposition Trends in the Life Sciences Sector provides key insight into this exciting space. This report provides forensic insight into the EPO opposition process.

We published this report to help tackle the key questions our clients ask regularly. In spring 2019, we undertook 350 hours of research, analysing more than 5,000 opposition cases filed at the European Patent Office over the last ten years, studying the timelines for hundreds of oppositions both before and after the EPO’s opposition streamlining initiative. Our own proprietary data analysis tool, developed specifically for this research programme, enabled us to download and manipulate significant quantities of data, a task previously unmanageable when undertaken manually.

 

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