T 0163/07 () of 2.11.2007

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2007:T016307.20071102
Date of decision: 02 November 2007
Case number: T 0163/07
Application number: 99304383.5
IPC class: F25J 3/04
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
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Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Production of argon by a cryogenic air separation process
Applicant name: AIR PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS, INC.
Opponent name: L'AIR LIQUIDE, S.A.
Board: 3.2.03
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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Cited decisions:
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Citing decisions:
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Summary of Facts and Submissions

I. The appeal contests the decision of the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office dated 27 September 2006 rejecting the opposition filed against the European patent No. 0 969 258. The decision was dispatched by registered letter with advice of delivery on 20 November 2006. The Opponent filed a notice of appeal by fax dated 29 January 2007, received on 29 January 2007 and paid the fee for appeal on 29 January 2007. No Statement of Grounds 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 7 May 2007 and sent by registered post, 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.

III. The Appellant filed no observations in response to said 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).

ORDER

For these reasons it is decided that:

The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.

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