T 1049/14 () of 12.11.2014

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2014:T104914.20141112
Date of decision: 12 November 2014
Case number: T 1049/14
Application number: 09178413.2
IPC class: G06F 11/00
H01L 21/66
G01R 31/3185
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
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Decision text in EN (PDF, 214 KB)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: A system and method for testing and configuring semiconductor functional circuits
Applicant name: Nvidia Corporation
Opponent name: -
Board: 3.5.01
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 appellant contests the decision of the examining division of the European Patent Office dated

18 November 2013 refusing European patent application No. 09178413.2.

The appellant filed a notice of appeal on

22 January 2014 and paid the appeal fee on the same day.

A written statement setting out the grounds of appeal was not filed within the four-month time limit provided for in Article 108 EPC. Nor did the notice of appeal contain anything that might be considered as such a statement.

II. In a communication dated 14 May 2014, the Board informed the appellant that no statement setting out the grounds of appeal had been received and that the appeal could be expected to be rejected as inadmissible. The appellant was informed that any observations should be filed within two months.

III. The appellant filed no observations in response to said communication.

Reasons for the Decision

As no written statement setting out the grounds of appeal was filed within the time limit provided for in Article 108 EPC, the appeal is inadmissible pursuant to Rule 101(1) EPC.


For these reasons it is decided that:

The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.

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