European patent registration - Costs in the opposition proceedings

According to Article 104 of the European Patent Convention (EPC)


Each party to the opposition proceedings shall bear the costs it has incurred, unless the Opposition Division, for reasons of equity, orders, in accordance with the Implementing Regulations, a different apportionment of costs. 


The procedure for fixing costs shall be laid down in the EPC Implementing Regulations. 


Any final decision of the European Patent Office (EPO) fixing the amount of costs shall be dealt with, for the purpose of enforcement in the EPO Contracting States, in the same way as a final decision given by a civil court of the State in which enforcement is to take place. Verification of such decision shall be limited to its authenticity. 


Prepared by European Patent Registration and Consulting Services GmbH