T 1360/11 () of 11.11.2014

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2014:T136011.20141111
Date of decision: 11 November 2014
Case number: T 1360/11
Application number: 00944806.9
IPC class: A61K 8/06
A61K 8/27
A61K 8/19
A61K 8/49
A61Q 5/00
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: B
Download and more information:
Decision text in EN (PDF, 442.446K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Arch Chemicals, Inc.
Opponent name: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
Board: 3.3.07
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
Rules of procedure of the Boards of Appeal Art 13(1)
European Patent Convention Art 56
European Patent Convention Art 100(b)
European Patent Convention Art 123(3)
Keywords: Late-filed auxiliary requests - justification for late filing
Sufficiency of disclosure - (yes)
Amendments - extension of protection conferred (no)
Inventive step - (yes)

Where a granted claim directed to a composition defined in an open manner and including the presence of a component belonging to a class or list of compounds in a quantity defined by a range is later amended by limiting the definition of the class or list of compounds, a possible infringement of the requirements of Article 123(3) EPC may be avoided by including in the amended claim a quantitative condition on the limited class or list of compounds and an additional constraint on the total amount of compounds belonging to the broader class or list (point 3.11).

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T 0301/87
T 0172/07
T 2017/07
T 0832/08
T 1312/08
T 0869/10
T 0287/11
Citing decisions:
T 2311/13
T 0174/14
T 0306/14
T 0514/14

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