T 0939/08 () of 11.12.2008

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2008:T093908.20081211
Date of decision: 11 December 2008
Case number: T 0939/08
Application number: 98955601.4
IPC class: D21G 1/00
Language of proceedings: EN
Download and more information:
Decision text in EN (PDF, 15.389K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Method for producing calendared paper
Applicant name: Metso Paper, Inc.
Opponent name: Andritz Küsters GmbH
Board: 3.2.05

Headnote

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Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 113(2)
Keywords: Absence of text to be examined
Catchwords:

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

I. The appellant (opponent) lodged an appeal against the interlocutory decision of the Opposition Division maintaining European patent No. 1 030 945 in amended form.

II. The appellant requests that the decision under appeal be set aside and that the patent in suit be revoked in its entirety.

III. In a letter dated 19 November 2008, the respondent (patent proprietor) withdrew consent to the text in which the patent in suit was maintained by the Opposition Division and stated that an amended text would not be submitted.

Reasons for the Decision

1. Article 113(2) EPC requires that the European Patent Office may only examine, and decide upon, the European patent in the text agreed by the proprietor of the patent.

2. In the letter of 19 November 2008, the respondent withdrew consent to the text in which the patent in suit was maintained by the Opposition Division. As a result, there is no text which can be examined in respect of the impediments to patentability raised by the appellant (cf. 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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