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T 1499/06 () of 31.5.2007

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2007:T149906.20070531
Date of decision: 31 May 2007
Case number: T 1499/06
Application number: 00918764.2
IPC class: B65D 65/46
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
Download and more information:
Decision text in EN (PDF, 15.316K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: A process for producing a water soluble package
Applicant name: UNILEVER PLC, et al
Opponent name: The Procter & Gamble Company
Board: 3.2.07
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 appeal contests the decision of the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office posted on 19 July 2006 revoking the European patent No. 1 161 383 pursuant to Article 102(1),(3) EPC.

The appellants (patent proprietors) filed a notice of appeal on 22 September 2006 and paid the fee for appeal on the same day.

No statement of grounds was filed.

II. By a communication dated 14 December 2006 sent by registered letter with advice of delivery, the registry of the Board informed the appellants that no statement of grounds had been filed and that the appeal could be expected to be rejected as inadmissible.

The appellants were invited to file observations within two months.

Attention was also drawn to Article 122 EPC.

III. No answer has been given to the registry's communication.

Reasons for the Decision

1. The notice of appeal filed on 22 September 2006 contains nothing that could be regarded as a statement of grounds pursuant to Article 108 EPC.

2. As no written statement setting out the grounds of appeal has been filed, the appeal has to be rejected as inadmissible (Rule 65(1) EPC in conjunction with Article 108 EPC).


For these reasons it is decided that:

The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.

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