T 1178/04 (Enzyme additives for ruminant feeds/HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT OF … of 27.2.2007

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2007:T117804.20070227
Date of decision: 27 February 2007
Case number: T 1178/04
Application number: 96920670.5
IPC class: A23K 1/165
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: A
Download and more information:
Decision text in EN (PDF, 70.128K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: OJ | Published
Title of application: Enzyme additives for ruminant feeds
Applicant name: Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada
Opponent name: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
Board: 3.3.09
Headnote: The duty of the European Patent Office to examine, ex officio, the status of the opponent at all stages of the proceedings extends not only to the admissibility of the original opposition but also to the validity of any purported transfer of the status of opponent to a new party.
The doctrine of no reformatio in peius is of no application in relation to the exercise of such duty.
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 106(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 106(3)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 107
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 112(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 67
European Patent Convention 1973 R 68(1)
Keywords: Purported new opponent a 'party to proceedings'(yes)
Admissibility of purported opponent's appeal (yes)
Ruling on transfer of opponent status a 'decision' of the Opposition Division (yes)
Proprietor adversely affected by decision (no)
Proprietor not adversely affected by decision prevented from presenting arguments relating to validity of transfer of opponent status (no)
Reformatio in peius (not applicable)
Validity of transfer of opponent status (no)
Remittal to Opposition Division (yes)
Reimbursement of appeal fee (no)


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G 0004/88
G 0005/91
G 0009/92
G 0004/93
G 0003/97
G 0004/97
G 0001/99
G 0003/99
G 0002/04
J 0018/84
J 0037/89
T 0010/82
T 0244/85
T 0389/86
T 0073/88
T 0289/91
T 0199/92
T 0028/93
T 0522/94
T 0670/95
T 0960/95
T 0239/96
T 0298/97
T 0799/97
T 1180/97
T 1229/97
T 0263/00
T 0604/01
T 0846/01
T 0261/03
Citing decisions:
J 0017/12
T 1081/06
T 1423/06
T 0659/07
T 0384/08
T 2232/08
T 1982/09
T 0545/12
T 0854/12
T 0540/13
T 0614/13
T 0194/15

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