|European Case Law Identifier:||ECLI:EP:BA:2009:T184208.20090724|
|Date of decision:||24 July 2009|
|Case number:||T 1842/08|
|IPC class:||G06F 9/48|
|Language of proceedings:||EN|
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|Title of application:||Task switching system, task switching method and DSP modem|
|Applicant name:||Ricoh Company, Ltd.|
|Relevant legal provisions:||
|Keywords:||Refund of the appeal fee after withdrawal of the appeal (no)|
Summary of Facts and Submissions
I. Notice of appeal, including a debit order for deduction of the appeal fee, was filed on 30 June 2008 against the decision of the examining division to refuse European patent application No. 02760834.8 dated 30 April 2008. The statement setting out the grounds of appeal was received on 29 August 2008.
II. By letter dated 22 May 2009, the appellant withdrew the appeal and at the same time requested a refund of the appeal fee. The request for oral proceedings in case of any decision adverse to the appellant was withdrawn by letter dated 22 July 2009.
Reasons for the Decision
1. A refund of any fee is only possible if the fee was paid without any legal basis or if there is a special provision in the EPC allowing for a refund. In the present case payment of the appeal fee initiated the appeal procedure and therefore it had a legal basis.
2. According to Rule 103(1) EPC, the appeal fee shall be reimbursed where the board of appeal deems an appeal to be allowable, if such reimbursement is equitable by reason of a substantial procedural violation, or if the appeal is withdrawn before the filing of the statement of grounds of appeal and before the period for filing that statement has expired.
In the present case, the appeal was withdrawn and therefore cannot be allowable. Also no procedural violation was alleged. Moreover, a statement of grounds of appeal was filed within due time. Therefore, the requirements of Rule 103(1) EPC are not met and the appeal fee cannot be reimbursed.
For these reasons it is decided that:
The request for reimbursement of the appeal fee is refused.