Oppositions expertise showcased at masterclass

14 November 2016

Held at the Royal Society of Chemistry in central London on 1 November 2016, we hosted our fourth annual Oppositions masterclass.

The event provided a practical half day seminar designed to help corporate patent counsel improve their performance and success rate in European Patent Office (EPO) Opposition proceedings, with our team of hand-picked experts answering questions, offering advice and sharing experiences.

Opposition Masterclass speakers

We were delighted to welcome more than 45 in-house IP practitioners from leading European companies, representing a wide range of industry sectors. The geographic and commercial mix led to some lively audience discussion, particularly with reference to the examples put forward by our line-up of speakers.

Colin Drew – a member of the internal EPO function which trains Opposition Division Chairmen and Members – was the keynote speaker, and discussed the Chairman’s responsibilities and their training, common problems at oral proceedings and “early certainty” in Opposition. He imparted hugely valuable knowledge about how in-house IP teams can maximise their chances at Opposition proceedings.

Colin Drew giving his presentation

Other presentations at the masterclass focused on developing robust strategies at both the written and hearing phases, enabling in-house patent counsel to achieve the desired outcomes and tips for successfully negotiating the challenges, risks and constraints involved in handling EPO Opposition proceedings as well as the opportunities and pitfalls in the interplay of Oppositions with national litigation.

The rest of the Oppositions experts included David Lewin, David Hammond and Isobel Finnie (all from Haseltine Lake), as well as Richard Kempner and Brian Whitehead (from Kempner & Partners).

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Our Experts
David Brown
David Brown
Location: Bristol (UK)
David Hammond
David Hammond
Location: Bristol (UK) The Netherlands (NL)
David Lewin
David Lewin
Location: London (UK)
Isobel Finnie
Isobel Finnie
Location: London (UK)

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