Patent oppositions may be commenced for a variety of purposes and for an opponent a successful outcome may not depend on the final result of a hearing. In some cases a narrowing amendment or a settlement which includes a licensing arrangement may define success. For a patent applicant, an opposition may offer an opportunity to enhance the validity of their claims or obtain a favourable decision about problematic prior art.
For both applicant and opponent, identifying your objectives early on will help dictate the approach to be taken at various stages of the opposition. In this webinar, we will provide practical insights on different approaches to patent oppositions and how some less commonly used features of the opposition process may assist in reaching your objectives, including:
- dismissal of grounds in the Statement of Grounds and Particulars;
- timing and nature of amendments;
- settlement; and
- hearing on final determination.
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