The correct representation for defending or pursuing oppositions, cancellation actions and appeals is essential. At D Young & Co we are well placed to support you in your IP opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Patent oppositions & appeals

The European Patent Convention (EPC) provides an opposition procedure which allows for the validity of granted European patents to be challenged centrally. For businesses concerned about third party patent rights, the procedure offers a cost effective tool for contesting problematic patents. Where typically patent opposition occurs during the early stages of protection, an opposition must be filed at the European Patent Office (EPO) within nine months of the grant of the patent in question and therefore it is important that businesses keep an eye on the patenting activities of at least their main competitors.

We are experienced advocates before the EPO Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal. We regularly practice across all technological areas both for established clients and on an ad hoc basis for new and returning clients who entrust us with matters of particular importance to them.

We have particular expertise and a good success rate in both defending commercially important patents and clearing the way of third party patents so our clients can continue their commercial activities without fear of patent infringement.

Trade mark oppositions & appeals

We are experienced in handling all aspects of trade mark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), as well as related appeals before the Appointed Person, the High Court (in the UK), and the Court of Justice of the EU. We also co-ordinate actions on a worldwide basis through our network of trusted overseas associates. 

We pride ourselves on our ability to take a proactive, tactical and business-minded approach to such matters to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients, both legally and commercially.

Patent Book EPO Board of Appeal Decisions
Patent Book EPO Board of Appeal Decisions
TM book  European Trade Mark Decisions
TM book European Trade Mark Decisions
Highly regarded for its work on a wide range of patent matters. Its attorneys act across all types of technology, from life sciences to electrical engineering.
Chambers
It has the perfect balance between an understanding of the law, complex scientific issues and the budget constraints of a business.
IAM Patent 1000
Nothing seems to be too much of a problem. I don't know how they do it but whenever there is an urgent issue they drop everything and make sure we get what we need.
Chambers
An impressive patent practice.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
D Young & Co's overall level of service is excellent.  It delivers high quality work at a reasonable price, and is very responsive to its clients' needs.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
D Young & Co’s outstanding patent department consists of two teams, both of which handle contentious and non-contentious matters for domestic and international clients.
Legal 500
Its substantial roster of attorneys enables it to cover nearly every specialism and need, including litigation.
Chambers
Recommended for contentious proceedings, and also has patent litigation solicitors in-house.
Chambers
Opposition work before the EPO is a mainstay.
IAM Patent 1000

Meet the team

Partners

Anthony Albutt
Anthony Albutt
Partner, Patent Attorney
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David Alcock
David Alcock
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Helen Cawley
Helen Cawley
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
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Zöe Clyde-Watson
Zöe Clyde-Watson
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Simon Davies
Simon Davies
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Matthew Dick
Matthew Dick
Partner, Solicitor
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Uli Foerstl
Uli Foerstl
Partner, Rechtsanwalt
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Kirk Gallagher
Kirk Gallagher
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Charles Harding
Charles Harding
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Tamsin Holman
Tamsin Holman
Partner, Solicitor
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David Horner
David Horner
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Jackie Johnson
Jackie Johnson
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
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Gemma Kirkland
Gemma Kirkland
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
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Darren Lewis
Darren Lewis
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Nicholas Malden
Nicholas Malden
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Catherine Mallalieu
Catherine Mallalieu
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Connor McConchie
Connor McConchie
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Neil Nachshen
Neil Nachshen
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Simon O'Brien
Simon O'Brien
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Jeremy Pennant
Jeremy Pennant
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
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Ian Starr
Ian Starr
Partner, Solicitor
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James Turner
James Turner
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Aylsa Williams
Aylsa Williams
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Kit Wong
Kit Wong
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Senior Associates

Rachel Bateman
Rachel Bateman
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Richard Burton
Richard Burton
Senior Associate, Trade Mark Attorney
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Catherine Keetch
Catherine Keetch
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Tamara Milton
Tamara Milton
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Anna Reid
Anna Reid
Senior Associate, Solicitor
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Associates

Alan Boyd
Alan Boyd
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Matthew Caines
Matthew Caines
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Flora Cook
Flora Cook
Associate, Trade Mark Attorney
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Holly Cowie
Holly Cowie
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Carolin Golling
Carolin Golling
Associate, Rechtsanwältin
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William Johnson
William Johnson
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Charlotte Musgrave
Charlotte Musgrave
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Mina Park
Mina Park
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Attorneys

Anton Baker
Anton Baker
Patent Attorney
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Martin Bicker
Martin Bicker
Patent Attorney
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Sophie Blake
Sophie Blake
Patent Attorney
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Antony Latham
Antony Latham
Patent Attorney
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Wendy Oliver-Grey
Wendy Oliver-Grey
Trade Mark Attorney
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Tom Pagdin
Tom Pagdin
Patent Attorney
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Solicitors

Alban Radivojevic
Alban Radivojevic
Solicitor
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