T 0939/15 (Synergistic microbicidal compositions/ROHM and HAAS) of 12.9.2019

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2019:T093915.20190912
Date of decision: 12 September 2019
Case number: T 0939/15
Application number: 08172107.8
IPC class: A61K 45/06
A01N 43/80
A01N 25/30
A01N 37/02
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
Download and more information:
Decision text in EN (PDF, 227 KB)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Synergistic microbicidal compositions
Applicant name: Rohm and Haas Company
Opponent name: Thor GmbH
Board: 3.3.01
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention Art 113(2)
Keywords: Basis of decision - text or agreement to text withdrawn by patent proprietor


Cited decisions:
T 0073/84
Citing decisions:

Summary of Facts and Submissions

I. Appeals were lodged both by the patent proprietor (appellant 1) and by the opponent (appellant 2) against the interlocutory decision of the opposition division concerning maintenance of European patent No. 2 138 189 in amended form.

II. Appellant 1 has requested to set aside the impugned decision and to maintain the patent on the basis of the main request, or alternatively on the basis of any of the auxiliary requests 1 to 7, all filed with the statement setting out the grounds of appeal. With letter dated 27 January 2016, auxiliary requests 8 to 10 were submitted.

III. Appellant 2 has requested to set aside the impugned decision and to revoke the patent.

IV. The board issued a summons to oral proceedings.

V. With letter dated 7 August 2019, appellant 1 withdrew its appeal.

VI. With letter dated 16 August 2019, appellant 1 withdrew its approval of the text to the patent as granted. It also withdrew all requests on file, including all auxiliary requests and its request for oral proceedings. It indicated that it expected the board to cancel the oral proceedings scheduled for 17 September 2019 and to revoke the patent.

VII. Oral proceedings were canceled and the proceedings continued in writing. |

Reasons for the Decision

1. Pursuant to Article 113(2) EPC the European Patent Office shall examine, and decide upon the European patent application or the European patent only in the text submitted to it, or agreed, by the applicant or the proprietor of the patent.

2. Appellant 1 no longer approves the text in which the patent was granted and has withdrawn all pending claim requests.

3. Therefore, there is no longer any text of the patent in the proceedings on the basis of which the board can consider the appeal. It is established case law that in these circumstances the patent must be revoked without further substantive examination as to patentability (see decision T 73/84, OJ EPO 1985, 241 and Case Law of the Boards of Appeal of the EPO, 8th edition 2016, section IV.C.5.2).| | | | | |


For these reasons it is decided that:

1. The decision under appeal is set aside.

2. The patent is revoked.

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