|European Case Law Identifier:||ECLI:EP:BA:2004:T021704.20041020|
|Date of decision:||20 October 2004|
|Case number:||T 0217/04|
|IPC class:||C23C 4/00|
|Language of proceedings:||EN|
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|Title of application:||Method for repairing a thermal barrier coating|
|Applicant name:||GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY|
|Opponent name:||ALSTOM (Switzerland) Ltd.|
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|Keywords:||Missing Statement of Grounds|
Summary of Facts and Submissions
I. The appeal contests the decision of the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office posted on 28 November 2003, rejecting the opposition filed against European patent No. 0 808 913 pursuant to Article 102(2) EPC
The appellant (opponent) filed a notice of appeal on 5. February 2004 and paid the fee for appeal on the same day.
No statement of grounds was filed. The notice of appeal contains nothing that could be regarded as a statement of grounds pursuant to Article 108 EPC.
II. By a communication dated 10 May 2004 sent by registered letter with advice of delivery, the registry of the Board informed the appellant that no statement of grounds had been filed and that the appeal could be expected to be rejected as inadmissible. The appellant was invited to file observations within two months. Attention was also drawn to Article 122 EPC.
III. No answer has been given to the registry's communication.
Reasons for the Decision
As no written statement setting out the grounds of appeal has been filed, the appeal has to be rejected as inadmissible (Rule 65(1) EPC in conjunction with Article 108 EPC).
For these reasons it is decided that:
The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.