G 0002/03 (Disclaimer/GENETIC SYSTEMS) of 8.4.2004

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2004:G000203.20040408
Date of decision: 08 April 2004
Case number: G 0002/03
Referral: T 0451/99
Application number: 86902998.3
IPC class: C12Q 1/70
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: A
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Title of application: Synthetic antigens for the detection of aids-related disease
Applicant name: GENETIC SYSTEMS CORPORATION
Opponent name: Roche Diagnostics GmbH
Dade Behring Marburg GmbH
Board: EBA
Headnote: 1. An amendment to a claim by the introduction of a disclaimer may not be refused under Article 123(2) EPC for the sole reason that neither the disclaimer nor the subject-matter excluded by it from the scope of the claim have a basis in the application as filed.
2. The following criteria are to be applied for assessing the allowability of a disclaimer which is not disclosed in the application as filed:
2.1 A disclaimer may be allowable in order to:
- restore novelty by delimiting a claim against state of the art under Article 54(3) and (4) EPC;
- restore novelty by delimiting a claim against an accidental anticipation under Article 54(2) EPC; an anticipation is accidental if it is so unrelated to and remote from the claimed invention that the person skilled in the art would never have taken it into consideration when making the invention; and
- disclaim subject-matter which, under Articles 52 to 57 EPC, is excluded from patentability for non-technical reasons.
2.2 A disclaimer should not remove more than is necessary either to restore novelty or to disclaim subject-matter excluded from patentability for non-technical reasons.
2.3 A disclaimer which is or becomes relevant for the assessment of inventive step or sufficiency of disclosure adds subject-matter contrary to Article 123(2) EPC.
2.4 A claim containing a disclaimer must meet the requirements of clarity and conciseness of Article 84 EPC.
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 52
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 53
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 54(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 54(3)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 54(4)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 56
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 57
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 60(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 84
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 87(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 112(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 123(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 123(3)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 139(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 27(1)(b)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 29(1)
Keywords: Allowability of disclaimers - delimitation against state of the art under Article 54(2) and (3)(4) - accidental anticipation - exclusion of subject-matter not eligible for patent protection
Drafting of disclaimers - requirements of clarity and conciseness
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