T 0026/88 (Automatic Revocation) of 7.7.1989

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:1989:T002688.19890707
Date of decision: 07 July 1989
Case number: T 0026/88
Application number: 81200005.7
IPC class: C07C
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: A
Download and more information:
Decision text in EN (PDF, 1.375M)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: OJ | Published
Title of application: -
Applicant name: Akzo
Opponent name: Pennwalt Corporation
Board: 3.3.01
Headnote: 1. If the time limit for carrying out the requirements of Article 102(4), (5) EPC is not observed, the patent is automatically revoked by operation of law immediately upon expiry of such time limit: no decision is required to cause revocation to occur.
2. A document issued after expiry of such a time limit and stating that the patent is revoked should not in its context be interpreted as a decision within the meaning of Article 106(1) EPC, but as a notification of the revocation of the patent which has already occurred. No appeal therefore lies from such a document.
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 68
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 102(3)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 102(4)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 102(5)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 106(1)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 58(5)
Keywords: Patent maintained in amended form
Printing fee not paid and translation not filed within time limit
Patent revoked automatically immediately upon expiry of time limit
Documents issued by the EPO not decisions
Appeal non-existant


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T 0522/88
T 0298/89
T 0137/90
T 0229/90
T 0852/90
T 0506/91
T 0951/91
T 0684/92
T 0026/97
T 0637/99
T 0064/02
T 1126/04
T 0556/05
T 1685/07
T 0584/09
T 2459/12
T 2249/13

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