T 0051/05 () of 18.7.2005

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2005:T005105.20050718
Date of decision: 18 July 2005
Case number: T 0051/05
Application number: 99308296.5
IPC class: G02F 1/1362
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
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Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Active matrix liquid crystal display device
Applicant name: SONY CORPORATION
Opponent name: -
Board: 3.4.02
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 108
European Patent Convention 1973 R 65(1)
Keywords: Missing statement of grounds
Catchwords:

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Summary of Facts and Submissions

I. The appeal is against the decision of the examining division dated 23 July 2004 refusing European patent application No. 99308296.5.

The appellant (applicant) filed a notice of appeal on 27 September 2004 and paid the appeal fee on the same day.

No statement of grounds of appeal was filed within the time limit prescribed by Article 108 EPC.

II. By a communication dated 4 February 2005 sent by registered letter with advice of delivery, the Registry of the Board informed the appellant that no written statement of grounds of appeal had been filed and that the appeal was expected to be rejected as inadmissible. The appellant was invited to file observations within two months and attention was drawn to Article 122 EPC.

No answer to the Registry's communication has been received within the prescribed time limit.

Reasons for the Decision

Whilst the notice of appeal was filed within the time limit set out in Article 108 EPC and the appeal fee was also paid within that time limit, no written statement setting out the grounds of appeal has been filed within the time limit prescribed by Article 108 EPC. In addition, the notice of appeal contains nothing that could be regarded as a statement of grounds within the meaning of Article 108 EPC. For these reasons the appeal has to be rejected as inadmissible (Article 108 EPC in conjunction with Rule 65(1) EPC).

ORDER

For these reasons it is decided that:

The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.

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