Sanderson & Co is experienced in all aspects of intellectual property oppositions and appeals. We have a proven track record of success with complex, high-value oppositions and appeals.
Before embarking on litigation we work with our clients to fully assess the client's position, possible outcomes and financial considerations before deciding on a suitable course of action.
Patent oppositions and appeals
We regularly present our clients' cases before the Opposition Division and the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office.
Trade mark oppositions and appeals
Reasons for opposing a trade mark application:
- the trade mark is descriptive of the goods and/or services
- that it is generic for those goods/services
- it’s non-distinctive and should be free for everyone in that line of trade to use
- existance of an earlier trade mark or earlier right
We have extensive experience carrying out trade mark oppositions and appeals to the United Kingdom Trade Mark Registry and through the Boards of Appeal before EUIPO.
Is it better to negotiate?
The decision whether or not to proceed with oppositions or appeals should always be weighed against your commercial aims and requirements. A pragmatic approach is often to negotiate a suitable settlement. We can help you to negotiate a settlement that works for both parties.
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