T 0015/01 (Mystery Swine Disease/SDLO) of 17.6.2004

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2004:T001501.20040617
Date of decision: 17 June 2004
Case number: T 0015/01
Application number: 92913710.7
IPC class: A61K 39/12
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: A
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Title of application: Causative agent of the mystery swine disease, vaccine compositions and diagnostic kits
Applicant name: Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek
Opponent name: Cyanamid Iberica
Akzo Nobel N.V.
Board: 3.3.04
Headnote: 1. The same priority right may be validly claimed in more than one European patent application; there is no exhaustion of priority rights (see points 25 to 41 of the reasons).
2. Rule 20(3) EPC does not apply in the context of universal successions in law. The universal successor of a patent applicant or patentee automatically acquires party status in proceedings pending before the European Patent Office (see points 4 to 12 of the reasons).
3. Neither Rule 57a nor Article 123(3) EPC is infringed if a patent proprietor files a separate set of claims for a specific contracting state in opposition proceedings in order to take into account that, due to a reservation made under Article 167(2)(a) EPC, product claims as granted would be considered invalid in this state (see points 17 to 21 of the reasons).
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 54
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 56
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 76(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 83
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 87(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 88
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 100
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 107
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 112
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 123(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 123(3)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 139(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 167(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 167(5)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 20
European Patent Convention 1973 R 57a
European Patent Convention 1973 R 61
European Patent Convention 1973 R 64(a)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 65(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 87
European Patent Convention 1973 R 88
European Patent Convention 1973 R 90(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 101(7)
Patent Cooperation Treaty Art 8(2)
Paris Convention Art s 4f, 4g
Keywords: Admissibility of appeal (yes) - party status of universal successor of original patentee (yes) - correction of wrong designation of appellant (allowed)
Allowability of amendments: new set of claims for ES/GR (yes)
Broadening of scope of protection (no)
Priority (yes) - doctrine of exhaustion of priority (no)
Novelty and inventive step (yes)
Catchwords:

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Cited decisions:
G 0002/88
G 0003/93
G 0007/93
G 0002/98
G 0002/02
T 0522/94
T 0353/95
T 0001/97
T 0461/97
T 0097/98
T 0656/98
T 0814/98
T 0460/99
T 0998/99
T 0715/01
Citing decisions:
G 0001/12
G 0001/13
T 0005/05
T 0006/05
T 1421/05
T 1476/05
T 1562/06
T 1668/07
T 0501/09
T 1912/09
T 0128/10
T 1551/10
T 1703/10
T 2223/10
T 1222/11
T 0854/12
T 2357/12
T 0557/13
T 0969/14
T 1755/14
T 0198/15
T 0696/16
T 1415/16
T 1897/17

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