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.

  • Case Study

    Cancellation actions before the UKIPO & EUIPO

    We were recently successful in overturning a decision of the Board of Appeal of the EUIPO in invalidity proceedings at the General Court. We were also able to successfully resist revocation actions at the UKIPO and EUIPO against the trade mark registrations relied upon in the invalidity proceedings for the client’s core services.

  • Case Study

    Oppositions before the UKIPO & EUIPO

    We have handled over 30 oppositions at the UKIPO and EUIPO on behalf of a client in the lifestyle and performance footwear sector. The vast majority of these matters were successfully resolved in the client’s favour.

  • Case Study

    Overturning EUIPO decisions at the General Court

    We were successful before the General Court in overturning decisions of the Opposition Division and Board of Appeal of the EUIPO in a case on behalf of a client in the pharmaceuticals industry. We were also recently successful in overturning decisions of the Opposition Division and Board of Appeal of the EUIPO in a appeal on behalf of a client in the hospitality industry.

  • Case Study

    UK High Court

    We acted for a client in the lifestyle and performance footwear sector and successfully resisted an appeal to the High Court by an applicant (a competitor of our client) whose trade mark applications we had successfully opposed on absolute grounds at the UKIPO.

  • Case Study

    UKIPO

    We were successful in cancellation proceedings before the UKIPO in relation to a UK registration for a logo mark which took unfair advantage of a famous logo of our client.

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
It has the perfect balance between an understanding of the law, complex scientific issues and the budget constraints of a business.
IAM Patent 1000
Recommended for contentious proceedings, and also has patent litigation solicitors in-house.
Chambers
An impressive patent practice.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
Its substantial roster of attorneys enables it to cover nearly every specialism and need, including litigation.
Chambers
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
Opposition work before the EPO is a mainstay.
IAM Patent 1000
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)
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
Having a sixth sense for what will carry the day – and as of summer 2016 an office in Munich, close to the action – its nimble-witted practitioners emerge victorious from crucial proceedings over and over again.
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

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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Jana Bogatz
Jana Bogatz
Partner, Rechtsanwältin
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Richard Burton
Richard Burton
Partner, Trade Mark 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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Anna Reid
Anna Reid
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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Alan Boyd
Alan Boyd
Senior Associate, Patent 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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Associates

Anton Baker
Anton Baker
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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Antony Latham
Antony Latham
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Wendy Oliver-Grey
Wendy Oliver-Grey
Associate, Trade Mark Attorney
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Tom Pagdin
Tom Pagdin
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Attorneys

Martin Bicker
Martin Bicker
Patent Attorney
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Solicitors

Alban Radivojevic
Alban Radivojevic
Solicitor
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Consultants

Ian Starr
Ian Starr
Consultant, Solicitor
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