T 0577/19 () of 12.7.2021

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2021:T057719.20210712
Date of decision: 12 July 2021
Case number: T 0577/19
Application number: 12806382.3
IPC class: A61K 31/46
A61K 9/00
A61K 47/10
A61K 47/12
A61M 15/00
A61P 11/00
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
Download and more information:
Decision text in EN (PDF, 234 KB)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Applicant name: Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products R & D, Inc.
Opponent name: 3M United Kingdom plc
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Keywords: Basis of decision - text or agreement to text withdrawn by patent proprietor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
T 0507/00
T 0655/01
T 1655/07
T 0545/10
Citing decisions:

Summary of Facts and Submissions

I. The decision under appeal is the opposition division's interlocutory decision, announced on 12 November 2018 and posted on 10 December 2018, finding that European patent No. 2 793 886 as amended in the form of the main request met the requirements of the EPC.

II. The opponent (appellant) filed an appeal against this decision, requesting that it be set aside and that the patent be revoked.

III. The patent proprietor (respondent) requested, as its main request, that the appeal be dismissed and stated that it maintained its first to seventh auxiliary requests previously submitted in the proceedings before the opposition division.

IV. The board issued a summons to oral proceedings and a communication pursuant to Article 15(1) RPBA.

V. By letter dated 20 May 2021, the respondent stated that it withdrew its approval (respondent's letter dated 18 July 2016) of the text as proposed for grant, withdrew all other requests on file, would not be filing any further requests on this case and anticipated receiving the written decision of the board in due course.

VI. The board subsequently cancelled the oral proceedings.

Reasons for the Decision

1. The appeal is admissible.

2. Article 113(2) EPC requires that the EPO may decide upon a European patent only in the text submitted to it, or agreed, by the proprietor of the patent.

3. As the patent proprietor withdrew its approval of any text for the maintenance of the patent in suit, there is no valid text on the basis of which the board can consider the appeal.

4. In the circumstances described above, it is established case law that the appeal proceedings must be terminated by a decision ordering the revocation of the patent without going into the substantive issues (see, for instance, T 0073/84, OJ EPO 1985, 241; T 0507/00; T 0655/01; T 1655/07; T 0545/10).


For these reasons it is decided that:

1. The decision under appeal is set aside.

2. The patent is revoked.

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