T 0609/16 () of 3.2.2017

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2017:T060916.20170203
Date of decision: 03 February 2017
Case number: T 0609/16
Application number: 07115254.0
IPC class: A01B 63/111
A01B 63/00
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
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Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Headland routine for agricultural vehicle
Applicant name: CNH U.K. LIMITED
Opponent name: Deere & Company/John Deere GmbH & Co. KG
Board: 3.2.04
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention Art 108
European Patent Convention R 101(1)
Keywords: Admissibility of appeal - statement of grounds
Admissibility of appeal - filed within time limit (no)
Catchwords:

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Cited decisions:
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Citing decisions:
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Summary of Facts and Submissions

I. The appeal is directed against the decision of the Opposition Division of 9 December 2015, posted on 7 January 2016.

II. The appellant filed a notice of appeal on 4 March 2016 and paid the appeal fee on the same day.

III. On 17 May 2016 the appellant requested an extension of the time limit by one month.

IV. The Registrar of the Board informed the appellant by way of a standardised communication (EPO Form 3028, version 03/13) dated 24 May 2016 that it appeared from the file that the written statement of grounds of appeal had not been filed, and that it was therefore 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 informed that any observations had to be filed within two months of notification of the communication. The communication was notified to the appellant on 25 May 2016.

V. With fax of 13 June 2016 the appellant filed a letter dated 10 March 2016 including grounds of appeal and a copy of new claims. No reference was made to the communication of the Registrar mentioned above.

VI. By a communication of the Board pursuant to Rule 100(2) EPC dated 17 November 2016 the Board informed the appellant of its preliminary assessment that the appeal is to be rejected as inadmissible for the reasons given in the previous communication sent by the Registrar (see point IV above), in view of the fact that the grounds of appeal was filed out of time, for which no explanation was given, nor was a request for re-establishment filed. The appellant was informed that any observations had to be filed within two months of notification.

VII. The appellant did not respond to the communication of the Board.

Reasons for the Decision

1. The decision under appeal was posted 7 January 2016.

2. Pursuant to Article 108 EPC, third sentence, in conjunction with Rule 126(2) EPC, the time limit for filing the statement of grounds is four months and ten days from date of notification, that is 17 May 2016.

3. The appellant filed a letter dated 10 March 2016 containing the grounds of appeal and new claim set. However, this letter of the appellant was received by the Office only much later, namely on 13 June 2016 with fax of that date. In this manner, the statement of the grounds of appeal was filed after the expiry of the applicable time limit. This fact was called to the attention of the appellant with the communication of the Board dated 17 November 2016.

4. The appellant has not filed a request for reinstatement.

5. The Board concludes that no written statement setting out the grounds of appeal was filed within the time limit provided by Article 108, third sentence, EPC in conjunction with Rule 126(2) EPC.

6. As it does not comply with the requirements of Article 108 EPC, third sentence, the appeal is to be rejected as inadmissible pursuant to Rule 101(1) EPC.

Order

For these reasons it is decided that:

The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.

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