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T 0897/05 (Permutagenesis/SEARLE) of 20.12.2005

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2005:T089705.20051220
Date of decision: 20 December 2005
Case number: T 0897/05
Application number: 99949630.0
IPC class: C12N 15/10
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
Download and more information:
Decision text in EN (PDF, 51.976K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Method of producing permuteins by scanning permutagenesis
Applicant name: G.D. Searle & Co.
Opponent name: -
Board: 3.3.08
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 108
European Patent Convention 1973 R 65(1)
Keywords: Missing statement of grounds


Cited decisions:
Citing decisions:

Summary of Facts and Submissions

I. The applicant (appellant) filed on 8 March 2005 a notice of appeal against the decision of the examining division dated 18 January 2005 whereby the European Patent application No. 99 949 630.0 (published as EP-A-1115854) entitled "Method of producing permuteins by scanning permutagenesis" was refused under Article 97(1) EPC as it was considered not to meet the requirements of Article 56 EPC. The appeal fee was paid on the same day. No statement of grounds of appeal was filed within the time limit set by Article 108 EPC.

II. By a communication dated 2 September 2005 sent by registered letter with advice of delivery, the Registry of the Board of Appeal informed the appellant that no statement of grounds had been filed and that therefore the appeal had to be rejected as inadmissible. The appellant was invited to file observations within two months and attention was drawn to the possibility of filing a request for re-establishment of rights under Article 122 EPC. The appellant did not reply to said communication, and no request for re-establishment of rights was filed within the prescribed time limit.

Reasons for the Decision

As no written statement setting out the grounds of appeal has been filed and as the notice of appeal does not contain any statements that could be regarded as a statement of grounds of appeal pursuant to Article 108 EPC, 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.

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