Oppositions Oppositions

Oppositions at the EPO and other post-grant challenges, such as those at the USPTO, can be procedurally, technically and strategically complex. Our experience of these proceedings, representing both patentees and opponents, often involving multiple parties, makes EIP the firm of choice for clients seeking representation in these proceedings in all technical areas.

Very commercially focused, with wide strategic and tactical experience, and a huge depth of highly skilled technical knowledge.

— Legal 500 2021

Key Benefits

Comprehensive service

We represent clients in person at hearings at the EPO in Munich, The Hague and Berlin, as well as using EIP's IT systems to ensure the best possible outcomes in virtual hearings.

Our integrated team of patent attorneys, litigators and paralegals can act in national court litigation alongside EPO opposition proceedings for a seamless, consistent and effective service.

We are also experienced at using Third-Party Observations at the EPO and WIPO to challenge patent applications before they are granted, which for some clients may be a more cost-effective manner in which to address third-party rights of potential concern.

Maximising success

We work with our clients to devise customised strategies in order to maximise success in commercially important oppositions. This can involve steps such as strategic collaboration with other parties sharing a common interest and holding mock hearings to hone strategies and arguments before the official hearing at the EPO. Mock hearings can range from two attorneys arguing both sides of the case up to having independent consultants acting as the Opposition Division or Board of Appeal, with teams of attorneys, experts and clients attending.

About us

Our team

Our team have extensive record of representing clients before the EPO and bring this experience to represent clients.

Partner Contact

Gareth Probert


UK and European Patent Attorney

Partner Contact

Monika Rai


UK and European Patent Attorney, Solicitor

Oppositions Insights

Be kept up to date with all things Opposition at EIP and from around the world. Listen to our EIP Talks podcast, read our insights and published publications and more.

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