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b)
Reformatio in peius and devolutive effect of appeal 

In T 149/02 the board stated that the two general principles of procedure - prohibition of reformatio in peius and the devolutive effect of the appeal, which conferred on the board the power to consider its subject-matter - were complementary and had to be implemented in such a way that they did not exclude each other.