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.