T 0641/00 (Two identities/COMVIK) of 26.9.2002

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2002:T064100.20020926
Date of decision: 26 September 2002
Case number: T 0641/00
Application number: 92907791.5
IPC class: H04Q 7/20
H04B 7/26
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: A
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Title of application: Method in mobile telephone systems in which a subscriber identity module (SIM) is allocated at least two identities which are selectively activated by the user
Applicant name: COMVIK GSM AB
Opponent name: DeTeMobil Deutsche Telekom MobilNet GmbH
GIESECKE & DEVRIENT GmbH
Board: 3.5.01
Headnote: 1. An invention consisting of a mixture of technical and non-technical features and having technical character as a whole is to be assessed with respect to the requirement of inventive step by taking account of all those features which contribute to said technical character whereas features making no such contribution cannot support the presence of inventive step.
2. Although the technical problem to be solved should not be formulated to contain pointers to the solution or partially anticipate it, merely because some feature appears in the claim does not automatically exclude it from appearing in the formulation of the problem. In particular where the claim refers to an aim to be achieved in a non-technical field, this aim may legitimately appear in the formulation of the problem as part of the framework of the technical problem that is to be solved, in particular as a constraint that has to be met.
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 52(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 52(3)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 56
Keywords: Inventive step (no)
Problem-and-solution approach: treatment of non-technical aspects
Catchwords:

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