T 0681/01 () of 28.11.2006

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2006:T068101.20061128
Date of decision: 28 November 2006
Case number: T 0681/01
Application number: 97307021.2
IPC class: D06P 1/44
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: C
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Decision text in EN (PDF, 57.298K)
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Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: A treated fabric, a method of treatment and a window covering product comprising such material
Applicant name: HUNTER DOUGLAS INDUSTRIES B.V.
Opponent name: 01: Junkers + Müllers GmbH
02: LOUVER-LITE Ltd
Board: 3.3.07
Headnote: (1) Article 69 EPC and the protocol thereto cannot be relied on to read into the claim an implicit restrictive feature not suggested by the explicit wording of the claim (see point 2.1.1)
(2) There must be something in the circumstances that suggests that a confidential relation existed before a delivery which appears to be the result of an ordinary commercial transaction can be disregarded as not making the delivered goods available to a member of the public.
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 54
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 69
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 83
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 84
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 111
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 123
European Patent Convention 1973 R 57a
Keywords: Claim construction - reliance on Article 69 EPC to restrict claim (no)
Prior use - confidentiality (no)
Novelty - Main request, first auxiliary request (no)
Amendment allowable (Article 123(2)EPC) - second auxiliary request (no)
Novelty third auxiliary request over particular prior use (yes)
Remittal (yes)
Catchwords:

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T 0472/92
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