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Straw man

One of the key advantages of Oppositions at the EPO is the possibility of anonymity for the challenger, in particular filing in the name of a ‘straw man’. Unlike many national revocation procedures the true identity of the Opponent can be concealed and the patent holder not alerted to their potential activity. Similarly, Third Party Observations can also be filed in the name of a straw man, or even entirely anonymously when filed against a pending European patent application.

We have a wealth of experience acting as a straw man or using a straw man for our clients. Whether you want Oxon IP to handle the entire Opposition, or simply want our name on the documents filed, you can rest assured that high quality advocates will be able to represent you at the EPO Oral Proceedings.