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T 0121/14 () of 4.2.2015

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2015:T012114.20150204
Date of decision: 04 February 2015
Case number: T 0121/14
Application number: 02258019.5
IPC class: H02P 6/16
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
Download and more information:
Decision text in EN (PDF, 215.331K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Sensor system for controlling a motor
Applicant name: Tamagawa Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
Opponent name: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
Board: 3.5.02
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention R 84(1)
Keywords: Lapse of patent in all designated states - continuation of appeal proceedings (no)


Cited decisions:
Citing decisions:

Summary of Facts and Submissions

I. The opponent has appealed against the decision of the Opposition Division of 14 November 2013 rejecting the opposition against European patent No. 1315280.

II. The patent has meanwhile lapsed in all designated Contracting States.

III. By a communication of the Board of 21 August 2014, the attention of the parties was drawn to Rule 84(1) EPC and the appellant (opponent) was invited to inform the Board within two months from notification of the communication whether it was requested that the appeal proceedings be continued, or whether the appeal was withdrawn. The parties were advised that if no request for continuation of the appeal proceedings was received, the Board intended to terminate the appeal proceedings.

IV. Within the time period set in the above communication no reply was filed.

Reasons for the Decision

1. 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. It follows from Rule 100(1) EPC that this also applies in appeal proceedings following opposition proceedings.

2. The opponent has been invited to file a request for continuation, but has not done so.

3. The appeal proceedings are consequently terminated by this decision of the Board.


For these reasons it is decided that:

The appeal proceedings are terminated.

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