T 2680/17 (Antimicrobial cleansing composition/SCA) of 2.4.2019

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2019:T268017.20190402
Date of decision: 02 April 2019
Case number: T 2680/17
Application number: 11706831.2
IPC class: A01N 25/16
A01N 25/30
A01N 31/02
A01N 41/02
A47K 5/14
A61Q 19/10
A61K 8/04
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Versions: Unpublished
Applicant name: SCA Hygiene Products AB
Opponent name: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
Board: 3.3.02
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention Art 113(2)
Keywords: Withdrawal of the approval to the text of the patent as granted - revocation of the patent


Cited decisions:
T 0073/84
T 0655/11
T 0220/12
T 0381/12
Citing decisions:
T 1502/14
T 0048/15
T 2312/18

Summary of Facts and Submissions

I. By way of its interlocutory decision, the opposition division found that European Patent No. 2 683 235 as amended met the requirements of the European Patent Convention.

II. The opponent (appellant) filed an appeal against this decision requesting revocation of the patent.

III. The patent proprietor (respondent) requested dismissal of the appeal as a main request and submitted auxiliary requests 1 to 8.

IV. With letter dated 28 March 2019, the respondent disapproved the text of the granted patent, indicating that it would not be submitting an amended text and that it expected the patent to be revoked. The request for oral proceedings was also withdrawn.

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patent, indicating that it would not be submitting an amended text and expecting the patent to be revoked, has thereby withdrawn its approval of any text for maintenance of the patent.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 of the patent, 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 also 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).


For these reasons it is decided that:

1. The decision under appeal is set aside.

2. The patent is revoked.

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