G 0005/91 (Appealable decision) of 5.5.1992

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:1992:G000591.19920505
Date of decision: 05 May 1992
Case number: G 0005/91
Referral: T 0261/88
Application number: 81201022.1
IPC class: G11B 7/00
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: A
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Decision text in EN (PDF, 664.971K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: OJ | Published
Title of application: -
Applicant name: Discovision
Opponent name: Philips Gloeilampenfabrieken
Board: EBA
Headnote: 1. Although Article 24 EPC applies only to members of the Boards of Appeal and of the Enlarged Board of Appeal, the requirement of impartiality applies in principle also to employees of the departments of the first instance of the EPO taking part in decision-making activities affecting the rights of any party.
2. There is no legal basis under the EPC for any separate appeal against an order of a director of a department of the first instance such as an Opposition Division rejecting an objection to a member of the division on the ground of suspected partiality. However, the composition of the Opposition Division may be challenged on such a ground of appeal against the final decision of the division or against an interlocutory decision under Article 106(3) EPC allowing separate appeal.
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 19(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 24
Keywords: Suspected partiality of a member of an Opposition Division - ground of appeal?


Cited decisions:
Citing decisions:
G 0004/93
G 0001/05
G 0002/08
J 0009/99
J 0015/08
R 0002/14
T 0261/88
T 0143/91
T 0433/93
T 0850/96
T 1028/96
T 1221/97
T 0954/98
T 0985/01
T 1021/01
T 0068/02
T 0400/02
T 0838/02
T 0900/02
T 1193/02
T 0190/03
T 0281/03
T 0283/03
T 0389/03
T 0572/03
T 0095/04
T 0479/04
T 1178/04
T 1055/05
T 0990/06
T 1020/06
T 0285/11
T 1254/11
T 1677/11
T 0355/13
T 0049/15
T 0710/15
T 1647/15

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