|European Case Law Identifier:||ECLI:EP:BA:2011:T155708.20111222|
|Date of decision:||22 December 2011|
|Case number:||T 1557/08|
|IPC class:||H01C 7/12|
|Language of proceedings:||EN|
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|Title of application:||Improvements relating to electrical surge arresters|
|Applicant name:||Tyco Electronics UK Limited|
|Opponent name:||ABB Schweiz AG|
|Relevant legal provisions:||
|Keywords:||Continuation of appeal proceedings after lapse of patent|
Summary of Facts and Submissions
I. The appeal of the patent proprietor lies against the decision of the Opposition Division of 12 June 2008 revoking European patent No. 963590.
II. The patent has meanwhile lapsed in all designated Contracting States. By communication of the Board of 19 August 2011, the attention of the parties was drawn to Rule 84(1) EPC and the appellant (patent proprietor) was asked whether he wanted the appeal proceedings to be continued.
III. There was no reply to the communication.
Reasons for the Decision
If a European patent has lapsed in all designated Contracting States, Opposition proceedings may be continued at the request of the opponent, Rule 84(1) EPC. According to Rule 100(1) EPC, this also applies in appeal proceedings following opposition proceedings. However, if -as in the present case- the patent proprietor is the appellant, it would be inappropriate to allow the opponent to decide whether the appeal proceedings shall be continued. For this reason, Rule 84(1) EPC has to be applied in such cases so that the patent proprietor can request that the appeal proceedings be continued (see decision T 708/01, not published in OJ EPO). No such request has been filed. The appeal proceedings are consequently terminated by decision of the Board.
For these reasons it is decided that:
The appeal proceedings are terminated.