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.
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
In view of the ongoing disruptions caused by the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the European Patent Office (EPO) has implemented special measures for arrangement and conduct of oral proceedings. These …Read article
HGF Partner Leythem Wall will be presenting a webinar on “Priority” on 1st July. “Case Law Online” is a series of webinars giving you an overview of relevant key decisions and recent …Event details
With an increasing number of European patents being granted year on year, freedom to operate for third parties has never been so important. When a patent application is filed at …Read article
Follow this page for the latest updates from CRISPR BoA Hearing in Munich from Monday 13th January to Friday 17th January. HGF Patent Director Dr Emma Longland from our expert CRISPR team will be …Event details