|European Case Law Identifier:||ECLI:EP:BA:2010:T191409.20100621|
|Date of decision:||21 June 2010|
|Case number:||T 1914/09|
|IPC class:||C07C 303/44|
|Language of proceedings:||EN|
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|Title of application:||A process for preparing biphenyl compounds|
|Applicant name:||ELI LILLY AND COMPANY|
|Opponent name:||BASF Aktiengesellschaft|
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|Keywords:||Missing statement of grounds|
Summary of Facts and Submissions
I. This is an appeal against the revocation of European patent EP 1 294 683 posted 17 July 2009.
A notice of appeal on behalf of the patent proprietor was filed by a letter received on 17 September 2009. The appeal fee was paid on the same day. No separate statement of grounds of appeal was filed.
II. By a communication dated 17 December 2009 sent by registered letter with advice of delivery, the appellant was informed that no statement of grounds of appeal had been filed and that, therefore, it was to be expected that the appeal would be rejected as inadmissible pursuant to Article 108, third sentence, EPC in conjunction with Rule 101(1) EPC. The appellant was invited to file observations within two months. The appellant did not reply to said communication.
Reasons for the Decision
As no written statement setting out the grounds of appeal has been filed and as the notice of appeal does not contain anything that could be regarded as statement of grounds of appeal according to Article 108 EPC, the appeal has to be rejected as inadmissible (Article 108 EPC in conjunction with Rule 101(1) EPC).
For these reasons it is decided that:
The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.