Insights

Oppositions at the European Patent Office (EPO)

We recently completed a trip to the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, Germany, attending an appeal of an Opposition in front of the Board of Appeal.  After having experienced several Opposition proceedings at the EPO, I can’t help thinking about how I wish the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) could have proceedings that are this efficient and effective.  Here are a few of my observations:First, the parties receive a decision from the…