Oppose or defend yourself
Sometimes there is reason to protest against a patent. Or defend your own patent against attack.
During the patent application process and up until and including the opposition procedure, certain situations can be settled already with us. If someone questions the validity of your granted patent or if someone plagiarizes your invention, it can be necessary to resolve the dispute in a general court. The best situation is, of course, if you can solve the problem yourselves, for example, through a licence agreement.
It can be costly and difficult to maintain your rights, particularly if your opponent has substantial financial resources. Nowadays there are different insurance policies for intellectual property disputes. An insurance policy can help you with legal costs in a patent dispute and, in that way, make you more equal to your opponent.
You should make enquiries with different insurance companies, patent agents and innovation actors to get advice. Remember that it can be good to have a confidentiality agreement if you need to disclose non-public information.