|European Case Law Identifier:||ECLI:EP:BA:2000:T089696.20000811|
|Date of decision:||11 August 2000|
|Case number:||T 0896/96|
|IPC class:||A61K 7/18|
|Language of proceedings:||EN|
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|Title of application:||Oral hygiene compositions|
|Applicant name:||BEECHAM GROUP p.l.c.|
|Opponent name:||HENKEL KGaA|
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|Keywords:||Revocation of European patent on request of the proprietor|
Summary of Facts and Submissions
I. In a decision dated 7 August 1996 the Opposition Division maintained the European patent No. 0 188 313 in amended form.
II. The Appellant (Opponent) appealed against the decision and filed a Statement of Grounds in which he requested that the patent be revoked.
III. In a letter dated 21 July 2000 the representative of the proprietor stated that he withdrew the patent as granted.
Reasons for the Decision
1. The appeal complies with Articles 106 to 108 and Rule 64 EPC and is admissible.
2. With letter dated 21 July 2000, the respondent (patentee) declared that he withdrew his patent. According to the established Case Law of the Board of Appeal (see e.g. Decision T 237/86, OJ EPO 1988, 261) declarations of the patentee which, whatever their exact wording is, make it clear that the patentee does not wish the patent to be maintained are equivalent to a request for the patent to be revoked. As both parties agreed on the same request, the Board exercises its power under Article 111(1) EPC and decides to revoke the European patent.
For these reasons it is decided that:
The decision of the Opposition Division dated 7 August 1996 is set aside and European patent No. 0 188 313 is revoked.