G 0001/16 (Disclaimer III) of 18.12.2017

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2017:G000116.20171218
Date of decision: 18 December 2017
Case number: G 0001/16
Referral: T 0437/14
Application number: 08003327.7
IPC class: H01L 51/30
C09K 11/06
H05B 33/14
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: A
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Title of application: Complexes of form L2IrX
Applicant name: The Trustees of Princeton University
The University of Southern California
Opponent name: Merck Patent GmbH
BASF SE
Board: EBA
Headnote: For the purpose of considering whether a claim amended by the introduction of an undisclosed disclaimer is allowable under Article 123(2) EPC, the disclaimer must fulfil one of the criteria set out in point 2.1 of the order of decision G 1/03.
The introduction of such a disclaimer may not provide a technical contribution to the subject-matter disclosed in the application as filed. In particular, it may not be or become relevant for the assessment of inventive step or for the question of sufficiency of disclosure. The disclaimer may not remove more than necessary either to restore novelty or to disclaim subject-matter excluded from patentability for non-technical reasons.
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention Art 52
European Patent Convention Art 53
European Patent Convention Art 53(c)
European Patent Convention Art 54
European Patent Convention Art 54(2)
European Patent Convention Art 54(3)
European Patent Convention Art 54(4)
European Patent Convention Art 56
European Patent Convention Art 57
European Patent Convention Art 69(1)
European Patent Convention Art 84
European Patent Convention Art 87
European Patent Convention Art 100(a)
European Patent Convention Art 100(b)
European Patent Convention Art 100(c)
European Patent Convention Art 112(1)
European Patent Convention Art 112(1)(a)
European Patent Convention Art 123(1)
European Patent Convention Art 123(2)
European Patent Convention R 115(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 52(4)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 54(3)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 54(4)
Rules of procedure of the Enlarged Board of Appeal Art 9
Rules of procedure of the Enlarged Board of Appeal Art 10
Rules of procedure of the Enlarged Board of Appeal Art 13
Rules of procedure of the Enlarged Board of Appeal Art 14(2)
Rules of procedure of the Enlarged Board of Appeal Art 14(4)
Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (1969) Art . 31(1), 32
Bundesgesetz über die Erfindungspatente (Swiss Patent Law) of 25 June 1954 (2017) Art 024(1)(c)
Decision of national courts cited
Germany
Bundesgerichtshof X ZR 75/08, X ZR 54/09, X ZR 161/12, X ZR 5/16, Xa ZB 14/09
Bundespatentgericht 3 Ni 19/13, 7 Ni 41/14, 14 W (pat) 30/13, 20 W (pat) 314/03, 19 W (pat) 5/08, BlPMZ 1989, 53, BPatG, BPatGE 42, 57, BPatG, BPatGE 45, 80
United Kingdom
Court of Appeal of England and Wales: LG Philips LCD Co Ltd v Tatung (UK) Ltd & Ors [2006] EWCA Civ 1774, Napp Pharmaceutical Holdings Ltd v Ratiopharm GmbH [2009] EWCA Civ 252, Sudarshan Chemical Industries Ltd v Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH [2013] EWCA Civ 919
Patents Court: Abbott Laboratories Ltd v Evysio Medical Devices ULC [2008] EWHC 800 (Pat), Ratiopharm GmbH v Napp Pharmaceutical Holdings Ltd [2008] EWHC 3070 (Pat), Nicocigs Ltd v Fontem Holdings 1 BV [2016] EWHC 2161 (Pat)
France
Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris: 9/56031, 9/12706, 10/05718, 14/15459
Cour d’Appel de Paris: 12/07203, 12/23743
The Netherlands
Rechtbank Den Haag: IEPT20050715, ECLI:NL:RBSGR:2006:BA1058, IEPT20060808, BIE 2010 nr. 37, IER 2020 nr. 59, IEPT20120220, IEPT20130605
Rechtbank Utrecht: IER 2013/9
Switzerland
Bundespatentgericht: O2012 30
Bundesgericht: 4a 541 / 2013
Keywords: Allowability of undisclosed disclaimers
Applicability of the gold standard disclosure test as defined in decision G 2/10 to undisclosed disclaimers – no
Applicability of criteria as defined in decisions G 1/03 and G 2/03 – yes
Drafting of undisclosed disclaimers – no technical contribution to the claimed subject-matter of the application as filed may be provided
Catchwords:

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Cited decisions:
G 0003/89
G 0011/91
G 0001/93
G 0002/98
G 0001/03
G 0002/03
G 0001/07
G 0002/10
G 0001/15
T 0004/80
T 0080/85
T 0313/86
T 0433/86
T 0155/87
T 0170/87
T 0296/87
T 0003/89
T 0012/90
T 0124/90
T 0172/90
T 0857/91
T 0434/92
T 0436/92
T 0597/92
T 0653/92
T 0710/92
T 0448/93
T 1050/93
T 0098/94
T 0426/94
T 0673/94
T 0917/94
T 0982/94
T 0645/95
T 0915/95
T 0596/96
T 0608/96
T 0863/96
T 0871/96
T 0893/96
T 0013/97
T 0308/97
T 0323/97
T 1071/97
T 1125/97
T 0318/98
T 0339/98
T 0351/98
T 0043/99
T 0201/99
T 0451/99
T 0507/99
T 0525/99
T 1049/99
T 1050/99
T 1086/99
T 0285/00
T 0500/00
T 0664/00
T 0747/00
T 1102/00
T 0010/01
T 0014/01
T 0134/01
T 0584/01
T 1146/01
T 0067/02
T 0161/02
T 0506/02
T 0217/03
T 0285/03
T 0788/05
T 1559/05
T 0286/06
T 1107/06
T 0008/07
T 1068/07
T 1695/07
T 0761/08
T 0923/08
T 1049/08
T 1870/08
T 2018/08
T 0477/09
T 0678/09
T 0748/09
T 1045/09
T 1176/09
T 1487/09
T 1843/09
T 2102/09
T 0447/10
T 1836/10
T 2464/10
T 0074/11
T 2130/11
T 0336/12
T 0632/12
T 1297/12
T 0850/13
T 1441/13
T 1808/13
T 2502/13
T 0075/14
T 0287/14
T 1224/14
T 1872/14
Citing decisions:
T 2030/13
T 0660/14
T 2000/14
T 1354/15

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