J 0013/90 (Omitted payment not completed) of 10.12.1992

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:1992:J001390.19921210
Date of decision: 10 December 1992
Case number: J 0013/90
Application number: 85306182.8
IPC class: -
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: A
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Decision text in EN (PDF, 475.249K)
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Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: OJ | Published
Title of application: -
Applicant name: Castleton
Opponent name: -
Board: 3.1.01
Headnote: 1. Since relations between the EPO and the applicant are governed by the principle of good faith, the legitimate expectations of parties to the proceedings must not be violated (Enlarged Board of Appeal G 5, 7, 8/88, OJ EPO 1991, 137).
2. The principle of good faith requires the EPO to warn the applicant of any impending loss of rights if such a warning can be expected in all good faith.
3. A warning can be expected if the deficiency is readily identifiable for the EPO and the applicant can still correct it within the time limit (T 14/89, OJ EPO 1990, 432 followed).
4. If a warning can be expected but is not issued to the applicant within the time limit to be observed, the EPO must set a period in which the applicant can correct the deficiency and perform the procedural act in due time.
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 122(2)
Keywords: Restitutio - omitted payment not completed
Principle of good faith
Obligation to warn applicant of any impending loss of rights
Time limit for correction of the deficiency


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