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1.4.4 Re-filing of same subject-matter

In T 1287/07 the appellant had submitted before the board that re-filing the same subject-matter comprised in an earlier divisional application which had been withdrawn and converted into a national right was an abuse of procedure. The board clarified that this re-filing did not fall within the grounds for opposition exhaustively listed in Art. 100 EPC, and there was no legal basis for revoking the patent in suit on this basis. Therefore, the alleged re-filing of the same subject-matter could not result in the revocation of the patent in suit.