T 0227/91 (Second surgical use) of 15.12.1992

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:1992:T022791.19921215
Date of decision: 15 December 1992
Case number: T 0227/91
Application number: 86306762.5
IPC class: A61B 17/36
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: A
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Decision text in EN (PDF, 459.152K)
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: Codman & Schurtleff
Opponent name: -
Board: 3.2.02
Headnote: The purpose of a surgical use alone cannot render the subject-matter of a claim relating to the use of the components of a known instrument for its manufacture, i.e. assembly, novel" (distinguishing from the manufacture of a known medicament for a second therapeutic purpose - cf. Point 5.2 of the Reasons).
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 84
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 54(1)
Keywords: Lack of clarity; indefinite parameter
Lack of novelty; generic claim anticipated by a specific disclosure
Relations between use claim and device-by-process claim
Second surgical use


Cited decisions:
Citing decisions:
T 0138/93
T 0775/97
T 0138/02
T 1314/05
T 2003/08
T 1099/09
T 1069/11

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