T 0246/08 (Seismic sensor/SCHLUMBERGER) of 14.8.2008

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2008:T024608.20080814
Date of decision: 14 August 2008
Case number: T 0246/08
Application number: 04737285.9
IPC class: G01V 1/16
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: B
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Decision text in EN (PDF, 41.178K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Coupling aid for seismic cable
Applicant name: Services Pétroliers Schlumberger
Opponent name: -
Board: 3.4.03
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention Art 78(1)(c)
European Patent Convention Art 113(1)
European Patent Convention Art 113(2)
European Patent Convention Art 111(1)
European Patent Convention Art 120
European Patent Convention R 137(3)
European Patent Convention R 132(2)
European Patent Convention R 103
Rules of procedure of the Boards of Appeal Art 11
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 78(1)(c)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 113(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 113(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 96(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 86(3)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 67
European Patent Convention 1973 R 84
Keywords: Substantial procedural violations (yes)
Catchwords:

To safeguard a party's right to be heard pursuant to Article 113(1) EPC a decision must show that all potentially refutative arguments adduced by a party are actually refutable; reasons 2.

A refusal of consent to amend made in advance of any amendment being submitted cannot be a reasonable exercise of discretion pursuant to Rule 137(3) EPC (former Rule 86(3) EPC 1973) and is ipso facto a substantial procedural violation; reasons 3.

The substantive legal requirement for the continued presence of claims in an application is expressed in Article 78(1)(c) EPC not in Article 113(2) EPC; reasons 5.

Cited decisions:
J 0007/82
T 0872/90
T 0763/04
Citing decisions:
R 0004/14
R 0005/16
T 1170/07
T 1007/09
T 2112/09
T 2355/09
T 0135/10
T 0206/10
T 2120/10
T 0645/11
T 1843/11
T 0233/12
T 1479/13
T 2352/13
T 0177/15

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