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Opposition & Appeals

We have extensive experience representing clients in offensive and defensive oppositions and appeals at the European Patent Office (EPO).

We have significant experience in winning opposition and appeals for our clients and we are well-known in the IP profession for our handling of these cases with a successful outcome and have a large team of patent attorneys who possess considerable experience representing our clients at EPO oral proceedings both at opposition level and before the Boards of Appeal.

The number of cases handled by our team means that we regularly represent our clients at oral proceedings before the EPO and are well placed to advise on the latest developments, trends, and practices of both the EPO’s opposition divisions and the Boards of Appeal. Following the recent adoption of videoconferencing by the EPO, our attorneys have now participated in many oral proceedings held by videoconferencing.

A successful outcome in EPO patent oppositions/appeals are business critical for our clients and they enable them to maintain or gain an advantage on their competitors, or even establish their place in a competitive market. What makes us successful is not just our intrinsic knowledge of the ever-changing procedural parts of the process, but also knowledge of the law and our deep-rooted subject matter expertise.

IAM Patent 1000 (Recommended) for European Patent Office – 2021, 2020 & 2019

  • Enlarged Board of Appeal Referral on Plausibility

  • Chambers UK 2022 recognises Venner Shipley as a leading firm

  • Inside IP Autumn Winter 2020

  • COVID-19 update – oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal

  • Video Conference oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal

  • Inside IP Spring Summer 2020

  • Pilot Project – oral proceedings by videoconference before Opposition Divisions