Oppositions at the European Patent Office (EPO) are the only opportunity that a party has for central revocation of a European patent. Consequently, oppositions are valuable business tools which can be used to gain competitive advantage, whether attacking a competitor’s patent or mounting a robust defence of your own patent.
As one of Europe’s leading opposition and appeals providers*, HGF’s success is based on an understanding that winning solutions are founded on outstanding technical and legal skills, commercial nous and unstinting preparation.
Our dedicated Oppositions & Appeals team coordinates with HGF’s broader attorney group to share best practice and provide a sounding board for internal debate. Our principal oppositions attorney team comprises 20 partners and 14 senior attorneys with expertise that spans the technical spectrum, each supported by a formalities team with extensive opposition experience.
*IAM Magazine, Dec 2020 states that HGF is Europe’s fourth largest provider of Opposition services, representing clients in over 2.5% of all Oppositions filed at the EPO.
We’ve built our business by recruiting and developing specialists, not generalists. When it comes to protecting your ideas and business, you want to know you’re working with the best – people who truly understand your sector and the potential of your IP.
HGF’s team has oppositions & appeals professionals from an array of academic and business backgrounds. Our team-based approach ensures our clients benefit from the very best strategic advice from people who understand not only the legal environment but also the practical side of your business.
Strategies for navigating European patent portfolios in healthcare. Securing patent protection is critically important for innovative companies operating in the healthcare sector. European patent filings in healthcare, and particularly those …Read article
HGF and Knobbe Martens are holding a webinar on 3rd November. Challenging granted patents: a comparison between Europe and the US In this webinar we will compare and contrast mechanisms …Event details
Oral proceedings by videoconference can be enforced by the EPO during the pandemic On 16 July 2021 the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBoA) decided on referral G 1/21 regarding …Read article
G1/21 hearing continues on 2nd July 2021. Follow this page for updates from HGF Partner Douglas Drysdale and Patent Director Ellie Purnell, who will be reporting all the key moments …Read article
The EPO Boards of Appeal took the decision that from the start of 2021, all Boards of Appeal oral proceedings could be held by videoconference, even if the parties to …Read article
The long expected decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal (G 01/19) has been announced by the EPO. The decision relates to the question whether computer simulations can be patented …Read article
On 10 November 2020 the EPO announced further measures in relation to the Pilot Project to allow opposition hearings to be held by videoconference (VC). Initially, the pilot project was …Read article