|European Case Law Identifier:||ECLI:EP:BA:2004:T037901.20040324|
|Date of decision:||24 March 2004|
|Case number:||T 0379/01|
|IPC class:||H04B 1/16|
|Language of proceedings:||EN|
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|Title of application:||Receiver for satellite reception|
|Applicant name:||THOMSON multimedia Sales UK Limited|
|Opponent name:||Interessengemeinschaft fÃ¼r Rundfunkschutzrechte e.V.|
|Relevant legal provisions:||
|Keywords:||Exclusion of a document from file inspection (no)|
1. The provisions concerning the exclusion of documents from file inspection lay down exceptions from the principle of public inspection of files pursuant to Article 128(4) EPC, thus requiring a narrow construction of these provisions. In particular if a key document relating to a fundamental issue in an inter partes case, such as contested admissibility of an opposition, is concerned, a strict standard has to be applied.
2. In view of the public interest in accessing evidence relevant for deciding a case, a merely abstract prejudice to hypothetical personal or economic interests is not a sufficient bar in this connection. The party requesting such exclusion should rather show that public access to certain documents would be prejudicial to specific and concrete personal or economic interests.
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