T 0534/89 (Inadmissible late filing) of 2.2.1993

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:1993:T053489.19930202
Date of decision: 02 February 1993
Case number: T 0534/89
Application number: 84300954.9
IPC class: A61C 17/02
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: A
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Title of application: Improved dental cleaning system
Applicant name: Dentsply Research and Development Corporation
Opponent name: EMS S.A. Electro Medical Systems
Board: 3.2.02
Headnote: 1. Whereas the apportioning of costs between parties may be appropriate in cases of neglect or ignorance, when a late submission is caused by deliberate manipulation the justification for exercising the discretion under Article 114(2) EPC against a party who willfully acted contrary to good faith should be considered (point 2.3 of the Reasons).
2. When abuse of procedure is manifest in view of the fact that a party deliberately abstained from raising an issue even when the evidence in its support was available, it would be contrary to the principle of good faith to admit such evidence by applying Article 114(2) EPC in favour of that party. Consequently, in exercising its discretion under Article 114 EPC, the Board finds it justified to dismiss the objection of prior use irrespective of its potential relevance (point 2.7 of the Reasons).
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 99
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 108
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 114
European Patent Convention 1973 R 55(c)
European Patent Convention 1973 R 65(1)
Keywords: Late submission - abuse of procedure
Discretion under Article 114(2) EPC
Disregard of late submission irrespective of relevance


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