1.6. Nature of national case law – not binding on the boards of appeal

Proceedings before the boards are independent and decisions of national courts are not binding in law (see R 21/09, which is very detailed on this point, and, as examples of decisions dealing with the relationship between national case law and board decisions, T 1904/12, T 885/02, T 202/13, T 231/13, T 488/16).

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