T 1713/11 () of 12.12.2012

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2012:T171311.20121212
Date of decision: 12 December 2012
Case number: T 1713/11
Application number: 03721127.3
IPC class: A63C 17/01
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: B
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Decision text in EN (PDF, 194.051K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Skateboard with direction-caster
Applicant name: Razor USA LLC
Opponent name: JD Components Co., Ltd
STAMM Sport & Freizeit GmbH
Board: 3.2.04
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention Art 100(a)
European Patent Convention Art 100(b)
European Patent Convention Art 100(c)
European Patent Convention R 89(1)
European Patent Convention R 103(1)(a)
Keywords: Admissibility of the interventions (yes)
Oral submissions by accompanying person (allowed)
Feasibility and/or added subject-matter - main request and auxiliary requests 1 to 17 - requirements not fulfilled
Auxiliary request 18 - admissibility (yes) - inventive step (no)
Reimbursement of the appeal fee (no)

1. Intervention is conceived as a procedurally exceptional situation which is justified only by a substantial legitimate interest of the presumed infringer to enter the opposition proceedings. On deciding admissibility of an intervention it is preferable to concentrate on whether the action of the proprietor reaches the level sufficient to establish a substantive legitimate interest to intervene (reasons 2.2 and 2.6).

2. As long as a patent proprietor or any other party entitled to do so initiates proceedings meant to establish whether a third party is commercially active in an area that falls within the patent proprietors right to exclude, such proceedings are "proceedings for infringement" in the sense of Article 105.

Cited decisions:
G 0004/91
G 0001/94
G 0004/95
T 0389/86
T 1067/97
T 0714/00
T 0452/05
T 0305/08
Citing decisions:
T 1746/15

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