T 0126/20 (Appeal inadmissible/TEXAS INSTRUMENTS) of 17.6.2020

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2020:T012620.20200617
Date of decision: 17 June 2020
Case number: T 0126/20
Application number: 09155494.9
IPC class: G06F9/48
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: D
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Decision text in EN (PDF, 238 KB)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Interrupt- related circuits, systems and processes
Applicant name: Texas Instruments Incorporated
Opponent name: -
Board: 3.5.06
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention Art 108 (2007)
European Patent Convention R 99(2) (2007)
European Patent Convention R 101(1) (2007)
Keywords: -


Cited decisions:
Citing decisions:
J 0010/20

Summary of Facts and Submissions

I. The appeal is directed against the decision of the examining division posted on 11 July 2019.

II. The appellant filed a notice of appeal on 23 September 2019 and paid the appeal fee on the same day.

III. By communication of 20 January 2020, receipt of which was confirmed by the appellant, the Registry of the Board informed the appellant that it appeared from the file that the written statement of grounds of appeal had not been filed, and that it was therefore to be expected that the appeal would be rejected as inadmissible pursuant to Article 108, third sentence, EPC in conjunction with Rule 101(1) EPC. The appellant was informed that any observations had to be filed within two months of notification of the communication.

IV. With a notice from the European Patent Office dated 15 March, updated on 1 May 2020, concerning the disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak published in the EPO Official Journal, periods expiring on or after 15 March 2020 were extended for all parties and their representatives to 2 June 2020, this date being the first day following the end of the interval of dislocation within the meaning of Rule 134(2) EPC. The Board applies this extension to the two-month period for submitting observations in response to the above communication.

V. No reply was received.

Reasons for the Decision

No written statement of grounds of appeal was filed within the time limit provided by Article 108, third sentence, EPC in conjunction with Rule 126(2) EPC. In addition, neither the notice of appeal nor any other document filed contains anything that could be regarded as a statement of grounds pursuant to Article 108 EPC and Rule 99(2) EPC. Therefore, the appeal has to be rejected as inadmissible (Rule 101(1) EPC).


For these reasons it is decided that:

The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.

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