G 0007/93 (Late amendments) of 13.5.1994

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:1994:G000793.19940513
Date of decision: 13 May 1994
Case number: G 0007/93
Referral: T 0830/91
Application number: 87116757.3
IPC class: A61K 47/00
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: A
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Title of application: Penetration enhancers for transdermal delivery of systemic agents
Applicant name: Whitby Research, Inc.
Opponent name: -
Board: EBA
Headnote: I. An approval of a notified text submitted by an applicant pursuant to Rule 51(4) EPC does not become binding once a communication in accordance with Rule 51(6) EPC has been issued. Following issue of such a communication under Rule 51(6) EPC and until issue of a decision to grant the patent, the Examining Division has a discretion under Rule 86(3) EPC, second sentence, whether or not to allow amendment of the application.
II. When exercising such discretion following issue of a communication under Rule 51(6) EPC, an Examining Division must consider all relevant factors. In particular it must consider and balance the applicant's interest in obtaining a patent which is legally valid in all of the designated States, and the EPO's interest in bringing the examination procedure to a close by the issue of a decision to grant the patent. Having regard to the object underlying the issue of a communication under Rule 51(6) EPC, which is to conclude the granting procedure on the basis of the previously approved text, the allowance of a request for amendment at that late stage in the granting procedure will be an exception rather than the rule.
III. Reservations under Article 167(2) EPC do not constitute requirements of the EPC which have to be met according to Article 96(2) EPC.
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 96(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 113(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 123(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 167(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 51(4)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 51(6)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 86(3)
Keywords: Amendments after a Rule 51(6) communication - discretion of Examining Division
Reservations under Article 167(2) EPC
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