J 0009/10 (Request for refund of the examination fee) of 18.4.2012

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2012:J000910.20120418
Date of decision: 18 April 2012
Case number: J 0009/10
Application number: 07109768.7
IPC class: A63B 23/035
A63B 23/04
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: B
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Decision text in EN (PDF, 43.421K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Stationary exercise device
Applicant name: Chuang, Jin Chen
Chuang, Lung Fei
Opponent name: -
Board: 3.1.01
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention Art 94(1)
European Patent Convention Art 94(3)
European Patent Convention R 10(2)
European Patent Convention R 10(3)
European Patent Convention R 11(3)
Rules of procedure of the Boards of Appeal Art 13
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 18(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 94(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 94(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 96(1)
Rules relating to fees Art 10b(b)
Decision President of the European Patent Office dated 12 July 2007 concerning the entrustment to non-examining staff of certain duties normally the responsibility of the examining or opposition divisions
Keywords: Partial refund of the examination fee (yes)
Beginning of 'substantial examination' on despatch of EPO Form 2001A generated automatically without the involvement of an examiner (no)
Reimbursement of the appeal fee (no)

A communication pursuant to Article 94(3) EPC on EPO Form 2001A which is automatically generated by a computer and posted by a formalities officer without the involvement of an examiner appointed to the examining division does not constitute a legally effective act of the examining division and cannot therefore be regarded as the beginning of "substantive examination" pursuant to Article 10b(b) of the Rules relating to Fees (inserted by decision of the Administrative Council of 10 June 1988, as last amended by decision of the Administrative Council of 15 December 2005).

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