pursuant to Rule 12b, paragraph 4, of the Implementing Regulations of the European Patent Convention, as amended by decision CA/D 6/16 of the Administrative Council of 30 June 2016, which entered into force on 1 July 2016 (see OJ EPO 2016, A100),
having regard to Article 1, paragraph 1, of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal,
hereby adopts the following business distribution scheme:
Members of the Legal Board of Appeal
The Legal Board of Appeal is composed as follows:
Marie-Bernadette Tardo-Dino[ 1 ]
Wim van der Eijk
Sofía Fernández de Córdoba
Paul de Heij
(as from 01.02.2017).
Composition of the board for a particular appeal
(1) On receipt of an appeal by the registry, the Chairman shall determine the composition of the board responsible for deciding it from amongst the Board members.
(2) In determining the composition the Chairman shall in particular take account of the workload of each member and the language requirements of the case.
(3) Where appeals pending before the Board are closely linked, in particular by involving similar legal or factual questions, the Chairman may order that the board shall decide in the same composition.
(4) If a member cannot or can no longer participate in a case for which he has been designated, the Chairman shall designate another member of the Board to replace that member, having regard in particular to the criteria indicated in paragraph 2.
Term of validity
This business distribution scheme shall apply from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2017.
Done at Munich on 25 November 2016
For the Presidium
W. VAN DER EIJK
[ 1 ] Deputy to the Chairman; if not available, to be replaced by the next available member from the list.