T 0002/09 (Public availability of an e-mail transmitted via the Internet/PHILIPS … of 12.3.2012

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2012:T000209.20120312
Date of decision: 12 March 2012
Case number: T 0002/09
Application number: 02077838.7
IPC class: H04N 9/16
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: B
Download and more information:
Decision text in EN (PDF, 250.167K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Display device
Applicant name: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
Opponent name: DSM IP Assets B.V.
Board: 3.5.04
Headnote: 1. An opposition filed within the framework of a test case is not inadmissible for that sole reason, provided that the prosecution of the proceedings thereby instituted is contentious because the parties defend mainly opposing positions. (See point 1.3.3)
2. The content of an e-mail did not become available to the public within the meaning of Article 54(2) EPC 1973 for the sole reason that the e-mail was transmitted via the Internet before the filing date of 1 February 2000. (See points 4.6 to 4.8)
Relevant legal provisions:
Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms Art 8
Directive 97/66/EC Art 005
Directive 97/66/EC Art 014
Directive 97/66/EC Art 015
Rules of procedure of the Boards of Appeal Art 13(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 54(2)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 99(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 100(a)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 55(a)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 56(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 76(2)
Société Colas Est and others v. France (ECHR, no. 37971/97)
Liberty and Others v. The United Kingdom (ECHR, no. 58243/00)
Von Hannover v. Germany (no. 2) (ECHR, nos. 40660/08 and 60641/08)
Keywords: Admissibility of a contrived opposition test case (yes)
Novelty and inventive step (yes - no public availability of an e-mail transmitted via the Internet)


Cited decisions:
G 0009/91
G 0010/91
G 0001/92
G 0009/93
G 0003/97
J 0020/85
T 0084/83
T 0328/87
T 0830/90
T 0472/92
T 0952/92
T 0809/95
T 0055/01
T 1081/01
T 1134/06
T 1553/06
T 1875/06
T 1309/07
T 1465/07
T 0426/08
Citing decisions:
T 1553/06
T 2440/12
T 2451/13
T 0057/14

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