The general rule in German opposition proceedings is that each party bears its own costs. But what are the exceptions? A recent decision by the Federal Patent Court shows once more how difficult it is to obtain a decision ordering one party to bear the costs of another (decision of the Federal Patent Court of 14 January 2016 on Case 25 W (pat) 27/14).

Please read my blog post on this decision on the Kluwer Trademark Blog.