The sheer number of cases handled by our patents team means that we regularly represent our clients at hearings before the EPO, in examination, opposition and appeal oral proceedings. As a result, we are well placed to advise on the latest developments, trends and practices of the EPO’s examination and opposition divisions as well as the Boards of Appeal.

While opposition proceedings are often particularly associated with the chemical and life sciences field, we have extensive experience representing clients in offensive and defensive EPO oppositions and appeals across all technology areas.

Successful outcomes in EPO examination and opposition proceedings are business critical for our clients and enable them to gain or maintain a competitive advantage, or even to obtain an initial foothold in the market. Our record of success in contentious proceedings is dependent not just on our intrinsic knowledge of the ever-changing procedural parts of the process, but also our knowledge of the law and deep-rooted subject matter expertise.