T 0166/06 () of 17.11.2006

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2006:T016606.20061117
Date of decision: 17 November 2006
Case number: T 0166/06
Application number: 97938460.9
IPC class: C07C 15/02
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
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Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Process for the production of alkylated benzenes
Applicant name: THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY
Opponent name: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
Board: 3.3.10
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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Citing decisions:
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Summary of Facts and Submissions

I. In its decision dated 28 November 2005 the Opposition Division rejected the opposition against the European patent No. 0 922 020.

II. The Opponent (Appellant) filed a notice of appeal on 6 February 2006 against the decision of the Opposition Division and paid the appeal fee on the same day. No statement of grounds was filed within the prescribed period in accordance with Article 108 EPC.

III. By a communication dated 24 May 2006 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 it was to be expected that the appeal be rejected as inadmissible. The Appellant was invited to file observations within two months.

IV. No reply from the Appellant was received within this time-limit.

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).

ORDER

For these reasons it is decided that:

The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.

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