Oppositions by a straw person

In European patent oppositions, the term “straw person”, is used to describe a person, natural or legal, who files an opposition against a patent on behalf of a third party, with the third party, the real opponent, remaining anonymous throughout the proceedings.

Broad Institute CRISPR patent decision

The Board of Appeal of the EPO dismissed the Broad Institute’s appeal against the Opposition Division’s previous decision to revoke one of their patents covering CRISPR gene editing technology (EP2771468) on 16 January 2020. The patent was revoked in first instance opposition proceedings due to an invalid claim to priority arising from lack of entitlement […]