14-15 November 2018
|European Case Law Identifier:||ECLI:EP:BA:2013:T040013.20130513|
|Date of decision:||13 May 2013|
|Case number:||T 0400/13|
|IPC class:||B03D 1/24
|Language of proceedings:||EN|
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|Title of application:||Jet nozzle arrangement for optimising gas bubble size in flotation|
|Applicant name:||YORKSHIRE WATER SERVICES LIMITED|
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|Keywords:||Missing statement of grounds|
Summary of Facts and Submissions
I. The patent proprietor (hereinafter "the appellant") filed on 26 September 2012 a notice of appeal against the decision of the examining division dated 16 July 2012, whereby the European patent application No. 06 709 954.9 was refused under Article 97(2) EPC. The appeal fee was paid on the same day. No statement of grounds was filed within the time limit set by Article 108 EPC.
II. By a communication dated 21 February 2013 sent by registered letter with advice of delivery, the Registry of the Board informed the appellant 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 but it did not reply to said communication, and no request for re-establishment of rights under Article 122 EPC was filed.
Reasons for the Decision
1. 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 a statement of grounds of appeal pursuant to Article 108 EPC, the appeal has to be rejected as inadmissible (Art. 108 EPC in conjunction with Rule 101(1) EPC).
For these reasons it is decided that:
The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.