|European Case Law Identifier:||ECLI:EP:BA:2004:T081304.20041208|
|Date of decision:||08 December 2004|
|Case number:||T 0813/04|
|IPC class:||B01D 61/00|
|Language of proceedings:||EN|
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|Title of application:||Nanofiltration of concentrated aqueous salt solutions|
|Applicant name:||Kvaerner Chemetics Inc.|
|Opponent name:||BASF Aktiengesellschaft|
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|Keywords:||Missing statement of grounds|
Summary of Facts and Submissions
I. The appeal contests the interlocutory decision of the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office posted on 13. April 2004 concerning maintenance of the European patent No. 0821615 in amended form
The Appellant (Proprietor of the patent) filed a notice of appeal on 22 June 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. In a communication dated 22 September 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 informed about the possibility of filing a request for re-establishment of rights under Article 122 EPC and was invited to file observations within two months.
In addition he was invited to make clear if its auxiliary request for oral proceedings was not intended to apply to the question of inadmissibility of the appeal as a consequence of the fact that a written statement of grounds of appeal had not been filed
III. In reply, the appellant withdrew its auxiliary request for oral proceedings.
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, (Article 108 EPC in conjunction with Rule 65(1) EPC)
For these reasons it is decided that:
The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.