|European Case Law Identifier:||ECLI:EP:BA:2007:T139806.20070215|
|Date of decision:||15 February 2007|
|Case number:||T 1398/06|
|IPC class:||A61F 5/451|
|Language of proceedings:||EN|
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|Title of application:||Disposable excreta collector|
|Applicant name:||THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY|
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|Keywords:||Missing statement of grounds|
Summary of Facts and Submissions
I. The appeal lies from the decision of the Examining Division of the European Patent Office dated 21 March 2006, refusing the European patent application No. 00 988 139.2. The decision was dispatched by registered letter with advice of delivery to the Applicant.
The Appellant filed a notice of appeal by a letter received on 31 May 2006 and paid the fee for appeal on the same day.
No Statement of Ground was filed. The notice of appeal contains nothing that could be regarded as a Statement of Grounds pursuant to Article 108 EPC.
II. By a communication dated 15 September 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 the appeal could be expected 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 and Rule 84a EPC.
III. No answer has been given within the given time limit to the registry's communication.
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.