T 0735/08 () of 11.5.2010

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2010:T073508.20100511
Date of decision: 11 May 2010
Case number: T 0735/08
Application number: 99918667.9
IPC class: C07C 11/02
Language of proceedings: EN
Download and more information:
Decision text in EN (PDF, 16.458K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Process for converting oxygenates to olefins with direct product quenching for heat recovery
Applicant name: ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc.
Opponent name: UOP LLC
Board: 3.3.10

Headnote

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Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention Art 113(2)
Keywords: Proprietor approves no text of the patent - revocation
Catchwords:

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Cited decisions:
T 0073/84
Citing decisions:
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Summary of Facts and Submissions

I. The Opponent (Appellant) lodged an appeal against the interlocutory decision issued on 13 February 2008 by which the Opposition Division found that the European patent 1 076 640 could be maintained in amended form on the basis of the claims of the second auxiliary request then pending.

II. During the oral proceedings held in front of the Board on 11 May 2010 the Proprietor of the patent in suit (Respondent) stated that he agreed neither to the text of the patent as maintained by the Opposition Division, nor to the text of the patent as granted, nor to any other text of the patent as submitted before the EPO.

III. The Appellant requested that the decision under appeal be set aside and that the patent be revoked.

IV. The Respondent requested that the decision under appeal be set aside and stated that he agreed neither to the text of the patent as maintained by the Opposition Division, nor to the text of the patent as granted, nor to any other text of the patent as submitted before the EPO.

V. At the end of the oral proceedings the decision of the Board was announced.

Reasons for the Decision

1. The appeal is admissible.

2. In accordance with Article 113(2) EPC, the EPO can maintain the patent only in the text agreed by the Proprietor of the patent. Agreement cannot be held to be given if the Proprietor states that he agrees neither to the text of the patent as maintained by the Opposition Division, nor to the text of the patent as granted, nor to any other text of the patent as submitted before the EPO. In such a situation a substantive requirement for maintaining the patent is lacking and the proceedings are to be terminated by a decision ordering revocation, without going into the substantive issues (see inter alia decision T 73/84 OJ EPO 1985, 241).

ORDER

For these reasons it is decided that:

1. The decision under appeal is set aside.

2. The patent is revoked.

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