Technology Transfer Webinar 18: Patents: Opposition proceedings and nullity actions - a comparison between Europe and Japan

27-04-18 | 10:00 h - 11:00 h

What are the facts and advices regarding the countermeasures against a competitors patent?

  1. Once the patent is granted, what options do companies have to act against the granted patent ? What are the relevant timeframes and costs to be expected during opposition proceedings at the European Patent Office and the Japanese Patent Office ?

  2. How do EPO and JPO opposition proceedings work in general ? How long do you have to wait for a final decision ? Can you appeal the decision ?

  3. When an opposition is rejected and the patent is maintained (maybe in amended form) by the EPO / JPO. What are the options now ? What are the risks and chances of further proceedings ?

  4. Will the situation in Europe change with the Unitary Patent System ?

What you will learn during this webinar?

Registration deadline: 26/04/2018

In this webinar, we will cover the following:

  • Basics about filing oppositions at the JPO and the EPO (time frame, costs etc)
  • The opposition / appeal procedures at the EPO / JPO
  • The patent was maintained during opposition. What options are left ?
  • Nullity actions in Europe (focus on DE) and JP – possible pitfalls, costs etc.
  • Effect of the Unitary patent system (provided it finally enters into force…)

Speakers: Dr. Yoshitaka Sonoda (Sonoda & Kobayashi) and Dr.sc. Robert Börner (Murgitroyd Munich Office)
Moderator: Luca Escoffier, EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk, and Diane Beylier, Sonoda & Kobayashi.
Organiser: EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation - Brussels Office