Wednesday 12 November 2014

No Copy & Paste of Preliminary Opinion - T 1312/10

In the decision on the basis of the appeal T 1312/10, the Examining Division of the EPO had merely copied the reasoning given annex to the summons to oral proceedings and did not discuss the additional arguments filed in response thereto in arriving at its decision to refuse the application.

The Board judges that this constitutes a substantial procedural violation and ordered that the appeal fee be refunded although a refund was not even requested. The Board of appeal was very assiduous not only in this point but further introduced new documents D4 and D5 into the procedure (wherein D5 was not even prior art) but finally found that the claim 1 complies with the substantial requirements of the EPC.

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