T 0462/00 () of 11.8.2004

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2004:T046200.20040811
Date of decision: 11 August 2004
Case number: T 0462/00
Application number: 92907533.1
IPC class: G07D 5/00
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
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Decision text in EN (PDF, 16 KB)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Method and apparatus for validating money
Applicant name: MARS, INCORPORATED
Opponent name: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
Board: 3.4.03
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 113(2)
Keywords: Basis of decisions - patentee (request for revocation)


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Summary of Facts and Submissions

I. In its interlocutory decision dated 9 March 2000 the Opposition Division maintained the European patent No. 0581787 in amended form.

II. On 8 May 2000 the opponent (appellant) lodged an appeal against that decision and paid the corresponding fee on the same day. A statement of grounds of appeal was filed on 7 July 2000.

III. In a letter dated 29 July 2004 the respondent's (proprietor's) representative stated that the European patent had been abandoned and that the proprietor no longer approved the text of the granted patent.

Reasons for the Decision

1. The appeal complies with Articles 106 to 108 and Rule 64 EPC and is therefore admissible.

2. In accordance with Article 113(2) EPC, the EPO can maintain the patent only in the text agreed by the proprietor of the patent. Agreement cannot be held to be given if the proprietor, without submitting an amended text, expressly states that he no longer approves the text of the patent as granted or previously amended. In such situation a substantive requirement for maintaining the patent is lacking and the proceedings are to be terminated by a decision ordering revocation, without going into the substantive issues (Case Law of the Boards of Appeal, 4th edition 2001, Vll.D.11.3, page 540 of the English version).


For these reasons it is decided that:

1. The decision under appeal is set aside.

2. European patent No. 0581787 is revoked.

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