J 0002/01 (Divisional application/THE TRUSTEED OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE) of 4.2.2004

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2004:J000201.20040204
Date of decision: 04 February 2004
Case number: J 0002/01
Application number: 99104102.1
IPC class: -
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: A
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Title of application: Treatment of T cell mediated autoimmune disorders
Applicant name: THE TRUSTEES OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
Opponent name: -
Board: 3.1.01
Headnote: 1. A consequence of the unity requirement in Article 118 EPC is that, when two or more persons file an application in common, they cannot acquire a procedural status different from that of a single applicant, because otherwise each of them could perform different and contradictory procedural acts, including the filing of different versions of the patent to be granted.
2. Therefore, where an application (the "earlier application") has been filed jointly by two or more applicants and the requirements of Article 61 or Rule 20(3) EPC have not been met, the right to file a divisional application in respect of the earlier application under Article 76 EPC is only available to the registered applicants for the earlier application jointly and not to one of them alone or to fewer than all of them.
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 58
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 59
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 60(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 60(3)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 61
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 68(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 72
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 75
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 76
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 81
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 112
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 116
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 118
European Patent Convention 1973 R 17(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 20
European Patent Convention 1973 R 25(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 48(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 72
European Patent Convention 1973 R 88
European Patent Convention 1973 R 100
Paris Convention Art 4g, 19
Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (1969) Art 31,032
§§ 006, 7 PatG
Section 015(4) KK Patent Act
Keywords: Patent application in the name of more than one applicant - divisional application in the name of not all the applicants for parent application - no - unless Art. 61, Rule 20 EPC are met
Catchwords:

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