|European Case Law Identifier:||ECLI:EP:BA:2013:T221512.20130607|
|Date of decision:||07 June 2013|
|Case number:||T 2215/12|
|IPC class:||G06F 17/30|
|Language of proceedings:||EN|
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|Title of application:||Point of law search system and method|
|Applicant name:||Lexisnexis, A Division of Reed Elsevier Inc.|
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|Keywords:||Missing statement of grounds of appeal|
Summary of Facts and Submissions
I. The appellant contests the decision of the examining division of the European Patent Office dated 4 May 2012 refusing European patent application No. 05786391.2.
The appellant filed a notice of appeal on 4 July 2012 and paid the appeal fee on the same day.
The notice of appeal contained an auxiliary 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. Nor did the notice of appeal contain anything that might be considered as such a statement.
II. In a communication dated 29 October 2012, 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.
In the same communication the Board stated that it assumed that the appellant's request for oral proceedings did not apply to the issue of inadmissibility of the appeal because no grounds of appeal had been filed in due time and that this assumption would not be made if the appellant so stated within the specified period.
III. The appellant filed no observations in response to said communication.
Reasons for the Decision
As no written statement setting out the grounds of appeal was filed within the time limit provided for in Article 108 EPC, the appeal is inadmissible pursuant to Rule 101(1) EPC.
For these reasons it is decided that:
The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.