T 1542/05 04-10-2006
Method for continuous casting of steel
I. The appeal contests the decision of the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office dated 20 October 2005 rejecting the opposition filed against the European patent No. 01 059 132. The decision was dispatched by registered letter with advice of delivery on 3 November 2005. The Opponent filed a notice of appeal by letter dated 12 December 2005, received on 15 December 2005 and paid the fee for appeal on 15 December 2005. No Statement of Grounds was filed. The notice of appeal contains nothing that could be regarded as a Statement of Grounds pursuant-to Article 108 EPC.
II. By a communication dated 20 April 2006 and sent by registered post, the Registry of the Board informed the Appellant that no Statement of Grounds had been filed and that the appeal could be expected to be rejected as inadmissible. The Appellant was invited to file observations within two months.
III. The appellant filed no observations in response to said communication.
As no written statement setting out the grounds of appeal has been filed, the appeal has to be rejected as inadmissible (Article 108 EPC in conjunction with Rule 65(1) EPC).
For these reasons, it is decided that:
The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.