T 1502/14 () of 4.6.2019

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2019:T150214.20190604
Date of decision: 04 June 2019
Case number: T 1502/14
Application number: 03784274.7
IPC class: C07D 239/42
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
Download and more information:
Decision text in EN (PDF, 228 KB)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Applicant name: AstraZeneca UK Limited
Opponent name: Gillard, Richard Edward
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
Board: 3.3.02
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention Art 113(2)
European Patent Convention Art 101
Keywords: Basis of decision - text or agreement to text withdrawn by patent proprietor
Basis of decision - patent revoked


Cited decisions:
T 0073/84
T 0655/11
T 0220/12
T 0381/12
T 2680/17
Citing decisions:

Summary of Facts and Submissions

I. By way of its decision, the opposition division found that European Patent No. 1 539 711 met the requirements of the European Patent Convention.

II. The opponents (appellants) filed appeals against this decision requesting revocation of the patent.

III. During oral proceedings before the board held on 4 June 2019, the respondent disapproved of the text of the granted patent and of all claim requests on file, stated that no amended text would be submitted, and that it expected the patent to be revoked.

Reasons for the Decision

1. Under Article 113(2) EPC, the European Patent Office shall consider and decide upon the European patent only in the text submitted to it, or agreed, by the proprietor of the patent. This principle has to be observed also in opposition and opposition appeal proceedings.

2. The respondent, by withdrawing approval of the text of the granted patent, indicating that it would not be submitting an amended text and expecting the patent to be revoked, has thereby withdrawn its approval of any text for maintenance of the patent. Since the text of the patent is at the disposition of the patent proprietor, a patent cannot be maintained against the patent proprietor's will. There is therefore no text on the basis of which the Board can maintain the patent.

3. In view of the above, the Board concludes that the patent must be revoked as envisaged in Article 101 EPC and as expected by the respondent. This conclusion is also in line with established case law following decision T 73/84, OJ 1985, 241 (see e.g. T 655/11 of 11 November 2005; T 220/12 of 22 June 2015; T 381/12 of 3 January 2018; T 2680/17 of 2 April 2019).


For these reasons it is decided that:

1. The decision under appeal is set aside.

2. The patent is revoked.

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