T 1185/18 (Coated detergent composition and manufacture process/Dalli-Werke GmbH … of 27.11.2020

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2020:T118518.20201127
Date of decision: 27 November 2020
Case number: T 1185/18
Application number: 07018340.5
IPC class: C11D17/00
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
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Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Coated detergent composition and manufacture process
Applicant name: Dalli-Werke GmbH & Co. KG
Opponent name: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
Board: 3.3.06
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention R 84(1) (2007)
Keywords: Lapse of patent in all designated states - Termination of appeal proceedings


Cited decisions:
T 0329/88
T 0165/95
T 0749/01
T 0436/02
T 0289/06
Citing decisions:

Summary of Facts and Submissions

I. The appeal of the opponent lies from the interlocutory decision of the Opposition Division to maintain European Patent No. 2 045 319 in amended form.

II. By communication of the Board of 8 September 2020, the parties' attention was drawn to the fact that the patent had lapsed with effect for all designated Contracting States. Pursuant to Rules 84(1) and 100(1) EPC, the appellant (opponent) was invited to inform the board, within two months from notification of the communication, whether it requested a continuation of the appeal proceedings lest these would be discontinued.

III. In a further communication dated 28 September 2020, the appellant's attention was inter alia drawn to the fact that, in both the notice of appeal and the statement setting out the grounds of appeal, it had auxiliarly requested oral proceedings before any adverse decision, as well as that such oral proceedings, should these ever took place (depending on whether it intended to continue the opposition proceedings, following the lapse of the patent) would take place on 10 March 2021. The Board also remarked that it was not apparent from the file that the respondent patent proprietor had ever submitted any response to the notice of appeal, nor taken stance on the statement setting out the grounds of appeal, let alone within the limit of four months set in the Boards of Appeal communication dated 5 July 2018.

IV. With its reply dated 19 October 2020, the appellant's representative declared that Appellant did not intend to file a request for continuation of the appeal proceedings. Furthermore, the appellant's representative laid down representation of Appellant.

V. No reply whatsoever was ever received from the patent proprietor.

Reasons for the Decision

1. Rule 84(1) EPC provides that if "the European patent has been surrendered in all the designated Contracting States or has lapsed in all those States, the opposition proceedings may be continued at the request of the opponent filed within two months of a communication from the European Patent Office informing him of the surrender or lapse". According to Rule 100(1) EPC, Rule 84(1) EPC also applies in opposition appeal proceedings.

2. If no request for continuation of the proceedings is filed within the set time period the appeal proceedings are to be terminated (see decisions T 329/88 of 22 June 1993; T 165/95 of 7 July 1997; T 749/01 of 23 August 2002; T 436/02 of 25 June 2004; T 289/06 of 17 December 2007).

3. In the present case, the notification of the lapse within the meaning of Rule 84(1) EPC was sent to the appellant on 8 September 2020. Within the period of two months for requesting continuation of the appeal proceedings ending on 18 November 2020 (Rule 126(2) EPC), the appellant, with letter dated 19 October 2020, unambiguously declared that it did not intend to continue the appeal proceedings.


For these reasons it is decided that:

The appeal proceedings are terminated.

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