T 2451/13 () of 14.1.2016

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2016:T245113.20160114
Date of decision: 14 January 2016
Case number: T 2451/13
Application number: 07715867.3
IPC class: A23L 1/29
A23L 1/30
A23L 1/212
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: C
Download and more information:
Decision text in EN (PDF, 467.896K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: SENSORIC IMPRINTING
Applicant name: N.V. Nutricia
Opponent name: NESTEC S.A.
Board: 3.3.09
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention Art 53(c)
European Patent Convention Art 123(2)
European Patent Convention Art 56
Rules of procedure of the Boards of Appeal Art 12(4)
Rules of procedure of the Boards of Appeal Art 13(1)
Rules of procedure of the Boards of Appeal Art 13(3)
Keywords: Review of first-instance decision to admit late-filed ground
Ground for opposition under Article 100(a)/53(c) EPC
Admissibility of new objection under Article 123(2) EPC
Admissibility of late-filed auxiliary request
Admissibility of document filed in response to the statement of grounds of appeal
Public availability of commercial brochure from opponent - standard of proof
Kit of parts - inventive step

If the publication date of a document originating from an opponent (or a subsidiary thereof) is in dispute, the opponent must prove that date "up to the hilt". The yardstick for this proof is that of "beyond reasonable doubt" rather than "absolute certainty" (point 3.2).

Cited decisions:
G 0007/93
T 0743/89
T 0472/92
T 0782/92
T 0097/94
T 0055/01
T 1257/04
T 0804/05
T 1553/06
T 0002/09
T 1635/09
Citing decisions:
T 1107/12

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