T 0978/06 () of 3.1.2006

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2006:T097806.20060103
Date of decision: 03 January 2006
Case number: T 0978/06
Application number: 98203513.1
IPC class: C11D 3/39
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
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Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Process of bleaching fabrics
Applicant name: THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
Opponent name: -
Board: 3.3.06
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 108
European Patent Convention 1973 R 65(1)
Keywords: Missing statement of grounds
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Cited decisions:
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Citing decisions:
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Summary of Facts and Submissions

The appeal contests the decision of the Examining Division of the European Patent Office posted 31 October 2005, refusing the European patent application No. 98 203 513.1 pursuant to Article 97(1)EPC.

The Appellant filed a notice of appeal on 10 January 2006 and paid the fee for appeal on the same day.

No written statement setting out the grounds of appeal was filed within the four-month time limit provided for in Article 108 EPC.

The notice of appeal does not contain anything that could be regarded as a statement setting out the grounds of appeal pursuant to Article 108 EPC.

No further submissions were filed by the Appellant.

In a communication dated 7 July 2006 sent by registered letter with advice of delivery, the Board informed the Appellant that no statement setting out the grounds of appeal had been received and that the appeal could be expected to be rejected as inadmissible pursuant to Article 108 EPC in conjunction with Rule 65(1) EPC.

The Appellant was invited to file observations within two months from notification of the communication and attention was drawn to the possibility of filing a request for re-establishment of rights under Article 122 EPC.

No answer has been given within the given time limit to the Board's communication.

Reasons for the Decision

As no written statement setting out the grounds of appeal was filed and as the notice of appeal does not contain anything that could be regarded as a statement setting out the grounds of appeal according to Article 108 EPC, 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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