T 1540/13 () of 3.3.2014

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2014:T154013.20140303
Date of decision: 03 March 2014
Case number: T 1540/13
Application number: 07254341.6
IPC class: A61L 17/12
A61L 17/14
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
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Decision text in EN (PDF, 206.974K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Long term bioabsorbable barbed sutures
Applicant name: Covidien LP
Opponent name: Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Board: 3.3.10
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention Art 108
European Patent Convention R 101(1)
Keywords: Admissibility of appeal - missing statement of grounds


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Summary of Facts and Submissions

I. The appeal is directed against the decision of the Opposition Division posted on 25 April 2013 revoking European patent No. 1 917 983.

II. The appellant (patent proprietor) filed a notice of appeal on 5 July 2013 and paid the appeal fee on the same day.

III. By communication of 26 September 2013, received by the appellant, the Registry of the Board informed the appellant that it appeared from the file that the written statement of grounds of appeal had not been filed, and that it was therefore to be expected that the appeal would be rejected as inadmissible pursuant to Article 108, third sentence, EPC in conjunction with Rule 101(1) EPC. The appellant was informed that any observations had to be filed within two months of notification of the communication.

IV. No reply was received.

Reasons for the Decision

No written statement setting out the grounds of appeal was filed within the time limit provided by Article 108, third sentence, EPC in conjunction with Rule 126(2) EPC. In addition, neither the notice of appeal nor any other document filed contains anything that could be regarded as a statement of grounds pursuant to Article 108 EPC and Rule 99(2) EPC. Therefore, the appeal has to be rejected as inadmissible (Rule 101(1) EPC).


For these reasons it is decided that:

The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.

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