|European Case Law Identifier:||ECLI:EP:BA:2011:T180110.20110217|
|Date of decision:||17 February 2011|
|Case number:||T 1801/10|
|IPC class:||G01N 27/26|
|Language of proceedings:||EN|
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|Title of application:||Aligned particle based sensor elements|
|Applicant name:||Smiths Detection Inc.|
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|Keywords:||Missing Statement of Grounds|
Summary of Facts and Submissions
I. The appellant contests the decision of the examining division of the European Patent Office dated 4 March 2010 refusing European patent application No. 99965062.5.
The appellant filed a notice of appeal on 14 May 2010 and paid the appeal fee on the same day.
The notice of appeal contains a request for oral proceedings.
A written statement setting out the grounds of appeal was not filed within the four-month time limit provided for in Article 108 EPC.
II. In a communication dated 3 September 2010, the Board informed the appellant that no statement setting out the grounds of appeal had been received and that the appeal could be expected to be rejected as inadmissible. The appellant was informed that any observations should be filed within two months.
III. The appellant filed no observations in response to said communication. In a letter dated 21 January 2011 the appellant withdrew the request for oral proceedings.
Reasons for the Decision
No written statement setting out the grounds of appeal was filed within the time limit provided for in Article 108 EPC. Nor did the notice of appeal contain anything that might be considered as such statement pursuant to Article 108 and Rule 99 (2) EPC. Thus, the appeal is inadmissible pursuant to Rule 101(1) EPC.
For these reasons it is decided that:
The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.