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II.3 - Business distribution scheme of the Technical Boards of Appeal for the year 2016

The Presidium,

pursuant to Rule 12, paragraph 4, of the Implementing Regulations to the European Patent Convention,

having regard to Article 1, paragraph 1, of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal,

hereby adopts the following business distribution scheme:

Article 1

Allocation of appeals to the Technical Boards of Appeal

(1) Appeals shall be allocated to the Boards on the basis of the main classification of the International Patent Classification attributed to the application or patent at the time of filing of the appeal as follows:

Board of Appeal 3.2.01

B60 (exc. C, L, M); B61 (exc. L);

B62 (exc. B, M); B63-64

Board of Appeal 3.2.02

A61 (exc. C, F, K, L, N, Q)

Board of Appeal 3.2.03

A43 (exc. D); A44-45;

A47B, C, F, G;

B21B; B22; D21 (exc. C, H);

E01-04, 21, 99;

F21-22; F23 (exc. N); F24-28;

F41 (exc. G); F42

Board of Appeal 3.2.04

A01 (exc. H, K67, N); A21 (exc. D);

A22; A23N; A24 (exc. B15);

A43D; A47 (exc. B, C, F, G);

A62 (exc. D); A63, 99;

F02; F03 (exc. H); F04

Board of Appeal 3.2.05

B29, 31, 41-44; B65H; B99;

F15; F16J-T; F17

Board of Appeal 3.2.06

A41-42, 46; A61F13-17;

B60C; B62B, M;

B66, 68;

C40B60;

D01 (exc. C, F); D02-05;

D06 (exc. L-Q); D07, 99;

F01

Board of Appeal 3.2.07

B02; B03 (exc. D); B04-05;

B07 (exc. C); B08-09, 24-26;

B27 (exc. K); B28, 30;

B65 (exc. H); B67;

C03B; C10B; C13B5, 15; C14B; C23

Board of Appeal 3.2.08

A61C, F (exc. 13-17);

B21 (exc. B), 23;

C21, 22, 30;

E05-06;

F16B-H; F99

Board of Appeal 3.3.01

A01N; A61K31 (only appeals filed in 2010 and 50% of the appeals filed in 2011 according to the highest T-number, which were pending on 01.01.2014);

C07 (exc. B, C, H21; K1, 2, 14-19);

C09B, D; C10M; C40B40/00, 40/04, 40/16, 80/00, 99/00; C99

Board of Appeal 3.3.02

A21D; A24B15; A61K31 (excluding appeals filed in 2010 and 50% of the appeals filed in 2011, according to the highest T-number, which were pending on 01.01.2014),

35, 36, 41, 45, 48; C07H21;

C12 (exc. N1-7, 15; Q1/68-3/00);

C13 (exc. B5, 15);

G01N33

Board of Appeal 3.3.03

C08 (exc. J); C40B20/02, 40/12, 40/14

Board of Appeal 3.3.04

A01H; A01K67; A61K38, 39;

C07K1, 2, 14-19; C12N15/82-15/84

Board of Appeal 3.3.05

A62D; B01 (exc. D3, 15/08-15/42, 53/00-53/24,

61-71; F17; J19-49); B03D; B27K;

C01-02; C03C; C04-06; C25;

C40B40/18;

H01M

Board of Appeal 3.3.06

A61Q19/10; A61K8 (in so far as the supplementary classification is A61Q19/10);

B01D3, 15/08-15/42, 53/00-53/24, 61-71; B01F17; B01J19-49;

C09C; C10 (exc. B, M); C11; C14C;

D01C, F; D06L-Q; D21C, H;

G03C

Board of Appeal 3.3.07

A61K7/00-7/38 (exc. 7/11-7/135);

A61K8 (in so far as the supplementary classification is A61Q1/00-5/04, 5/12-11/02, 15, 90);

A61K6, 9, 33, 47, 49-51, 101-135;

A61Q1/00-5/04, 5/12-11/02, 15, 90

Board of Appeal 3.3.08

C12N1-7, 15 (exc. N15/82-15/84);

C12Q 1/68-3/00;

C40B10/00, 30/04-30/08, 40/02, 40/06-40/10, 50/06, 50/10, 50/16

Board of Appeal 3.3.09

A23 (exc. N);

B32;

C08J; C09J;

G03F7/00-7/085, 7/42;

G03G9/08-9/135;

H01L51/00, 51/30, 51/46, 51/54;

H01S3/14-3/227

Board of Appeal 3.3.10

A61K7/11-7/135, 7/40-7/48;

A61K8 (in so far as the supplementary classification is A61Q5/06-5/10, 13, 17, 19/00-19/08);

A61L; A61Q5/06-5/10, 13, 17, 19/00-19/08;

C07B, C; C09 (exc. B, C, D, J);

C40B50/00, 50/04, 50/08, 50/12, 50/14, 50/18

Board of Appeal 3.4.01

A61N;

C40B20/08, 30/10;

G01P, R, S, T; G06K; G09 (exc. B, F, G);

G10, 12, 21, 99;

H01P, Q; H05 (exc. B, F, G, K)

Board of Appeal 3.4.02

B81-82;

G01B-N (exc. N33); G01Q; G01W; G02; H05G

Board of Appeal 3.4.03

B06;

C40B20/04, 70/00;

F03H;

G01V; G03 (exc. C, F7/00-7/085, 7/42, G9/08-9/135);

G07 (exc. B); G09B, F, G;

H01C, G, J, L (exc. 51/00, 51/30, 51/46, 51/54),

S (exc. 3/14-3/227);

H02S; H05F, K

Board of Appeal 3.5.01

C40B20/00, 20/06, 30/00, 30/02, 50/02;

G06F11, 12, 13, 15, 17/60, G06Q

Board of Appeal 3.5.02

B07C; B60L, M; B61L;

F23N; F41G;

G04; G07B; G08;

H01B, F, H, K, R, T; H02 (exc. S), 03 (exc. M), 99;

H05B

Board of Appeal 3.5.03

G05;

H04 (exc. L 1-27, N)

Board of Appeal 3.5.04

G06T;

H04N

Board of Appeal 3.5.05

G06F3, 19;

H04L (exc. 29)

Board of Appeal 3.5.06

G06 (exc. F3, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19; K, Q, T)

Board of Appeal 3.5.07

G06F17 (exc.60); G11;

H03M.

(2) If, because of an uneven development of the workload of the Boards, or for other good reasons, it proves necessary to amend the distribution according to paragraph 1 during the year, the Vice-President in charge of the Boards of Appeal may, in agreement with the Chairmen of the Boards concerned, order it. If agreement cannot be reached, the Presidium shall decide.

(3) If because of the technical content of an appeal it is appropriate to allocate it otherwise than as provided by paragraph 1, the Chairmen of the Boards concerned shall endeavour to reach agreement on the allocation, failing which the Presidium shall decide.

Article 2

Allocation of members to the Technical Boards of Appeal

The members of the individual Technical Boards of Appeal are: [ 1 ]

Board of Appeal 3.2.01

Ch: Giovanni Pricolo

TM: Hartwich Geuss

TM: Yves Lemblé*

TM: Winfried Marx

TM: Claudio Narcisi

LM: Sofía Fernández de Córdoba

LM: Peter Guntz

LM: Olga Loizou

Board of Appeal 3.2.02

Ch + LM: Eugène Dufrasne

TM: David Ceccarelli

TM: Christoph Körber

TM: Mario Stern

TM: Pascal Weber*

Board of Appeal 3.2.03

Ch: Graham Ashley

TM: Vincent Bouyssy

TM: Christopher Donnelly*

TM: Yves Jest

TM: vacant

LM: Eleni Kossonakou

LM: Dorothea Prietzel-Funk

LM: Marie-Bernadette Tardo-Dino

Board of Appeal 3.2.04

Ch: Albert de Vries

TM: Erwin Frank*

TM: Sylvain Oechsner de Coninck

TM: Jonathan Wright

TM: vacant

LM: Tamás Bokor

LM: Christopher Heath

LM: Christof Schmidt

Board of Appeal 3.2.05

Ch: Michael Poock

TM: Steven Bridge*

TM: Philipp Lanz

TM: Oliver Randl

TM: Henk Schram

LM: Jean Geschwind

LM: David Rogers

LM: Gérard Weiss

Board of Appeal 3.2.06

Ch: Michael Harrison

TM: Gabriele de Crignis

TM: Martin Hannam

TM: Thomas Rosenblatt*

TM: vacant

LM: Eleni Kossonakou

LM: Marie-Bernadette Tardo-Dino

LM: Wilhelm Ungler

Board of Appeal 3.2.07

Ch: Hugo Meinders

TM: Vincenzo Bevilacqua

TM: Guy Patton

TM: Konstantinos Poalas*

TM: vacant

LM: Claus-Peter Brandt

LM: Robert Cramer

LM: Gérard Weiss

Board of Appeal 3.2.08

Ch: vacant

TM: Paola Acton

TM: Marco Alvazzi Delfrate

TM: Matthew Foulger

TM: Christoph Herberhold

LM: Ingo Beckedorf*

LM: David Keeling

LM: Petra Schmitz

Board of Appeal 3.3.01

Ch: Albert Lindner

TM: Gudrun Seufert*

TM: Liza Seymour

TM: vacant

TM: vacant

LM: Martina Blasi

LM: Lukas Bühler

Board of Appeal 3.3.02

Ch: Ulrich Oswald

(until 30.09.2016)

Ch: vacant

(as from 01.10.2016)

TM: Katharina Giebeler*

TM: Teresa Sommerfeld

TM: vacant

TM: vacant

LM: Martina Blasi

LM: Lukas Bühler

Board of Appeal 3.3.03

Ch: vacant

TM: Olivier Dury

TM: Maxwell Gordon*

TM: Damien Marquis

TM: François Rousseau

LM: Claus-Peter Brandt

LM: Robert Cramer

Board of Appeal 3.3.04

Ch: Gabriele Alt

TM: Ashok Chakravarty

TM: Bart Claes*

TM: Marco Montrone

TM: Renate Morawetz

LM: Martina Blasi

LM: Lukas Bühler

LM: Marie-Bernadette Tardo-Dino

Board of Appeal 3.3.05

Ch: vacant

TM: Herbert Engl*

TM: Guy Glod

TM: Andreas Haderlein

TM: Jean-Michel Schwaller

LM: Peter Guntz

LM: Olga Loizou

Board of Appeal 3.3.06

Ch: Bernhard Czech

TM: Paolo Ammendola

TM: Ernst Bendl

TM: Luigi Li Voti*

TM: Giuseppe Santavicca

LM: Sofía Fernández de Córdoba

Board of Appeal 3.3.07

Ch: Joseph Riolo

TM: Denis Boulois

TM: Regina Hauss

TM: Daniele Semino*

TM: Ambrogio Usuelli

LM: Ingo Beckedorf

LM: David Keeling

LM: Petra Schmitz

Board of Appeal 3.3.08

Ch: Manfred Wieser

TM: Pere Julià*

TM: Beat Stolz

TM: Maria Rosario Vega Laso

TM: vacant

LM: Jean Geschwind

LM: David Rogers

Board of Appeal 3.3.09

Ch: Werner Sieber

TM: Jesús Jardón Álvarez

TM: Marcus Müller*

TM: Nikolaos Perakis

TM: vacant

LM: Fritz Blumer

LM: Eleni Kossonakou

LM: Dorothea Prietzel-Funk

Board of Appeal 3.3.10

Ch: Pascal Gryczka

TM: Christine Komenda

TM: Jacqueline Mercey*

TM: Raquel Pérez Carlón

TM: Jean-Claude Schmid

LM: Fritz Blumer

LM: Tamás Bokor

LM: Christof Schmidt

Board of Appeal 3.4.01

Ch: Gianni Assi

TM: Pascal Fontenay*

(* as from 01.08.2016)

TM: Fiona Neumann

TM: Herbert Wolfrum*

(until 31.07.2016)

TM: Thomas Zinke

TM: vacant

(as from 01.08.2016)

LM: Jean Geschwind

LM: David Rogers

Board of Appeal 3.4.02

Ch: vacant

TM: André Hornung

TM: Alphonsus Maaswinkel

TM: Francisco Narganes-Quijano

TM: Hans-Christoph von Gronau

LM: Theodora Karamanli

LM: Bernhard Müller*

Board of Appeal 3.4.03

Ch: Gunnar Eliasson

TM: Roland Bekkering*

TM: Thomas Häusser

TM: Seamus Ward

TM: vacant

LM: Tamás Bokor

LM: Christopher Heath

LM: Christof Schmidt

Board of Appeal 3.5.01

Ch: vacant

TM: William Chandler*

TM: Paul Scriven

TM: vacant

TM: vacant

LM: Ingo Beckedorf

LM: David Keeling

LM: Petra Schmitz

Board of Appeal 3.5.02

Ch: vacant

TM: Harald Bronold

TM: Gary Flyng

TM: Michel Léouffre

TM: Richard Lord*

LM: Robert Cramer

LM: Wilhelm Ungler

Board of Appeal 3.5.03

Ch: Fred van der Voort

TM: Armin Madenach*

TM Bernhard Noll

TM: Klaus Schenkel

TM: Timothy Snell

LM: Sofía Fernández de Córdoba

LM: Peter Guntz

LM: Olga Loizou

Board of Appeal 3.5.04

Ch: vacant

TM: Alain Dumont**

(**exempt from his duties as a member

of the Board of Appeal as from

01.07.2014),

TM: Rolf Gerdes

TM: Christian Kunzelmann*

TM: Marc Paci

LM: Theodora Karamanli

LM: Bernhard Müller

Board of Appeal 3.5.05

Ch: Andrea Ritzka

TM: Kemal Bengi-Akyuerek

TM: Patrick Corcoran

TM: Philippe Cretaine

TM: Marcus Höhn

LM: Fritz Blumer

LM: Dorothea Prietzel-Funk

LM: Gérard Weiss*

Board of Appeal 3.5.06

Ch + LM: Wolfgang Sekretaruk

TM: Stefan Krischer

TM: Martin Müller*

TM: Alan Teale

TM: Georges Zucka

Board of Appeal 3.5.07

Ch + LM: Rainer Moufang

TM: Ronald de Man

TM: Mario Rognoni*

TM: Paula San-Bento Furtado

TM: vacant

Article 3

Composition of the board for a particular appeal

(1) On receipt of an appeal by the registry, the Chairman shall determine the composition of the board responsible for deciding it from amongst the Board members.

(2) In determining the composition the Chairman shall in particular take account of the workload of each member and the technical and language requirements of the case.

(3) If the circumstances of the appeal make it necessary, the Chairman may designate a technically qualified member from another Board. In so doing he shall procure the consent of the Chairman of that Board.

(4) If the circumstances of the appeal make it necessary, the Chairman may designate a legally qualified member who is not a member of the Board. The procedure to be followed is laid down in Article 5(1).

(5) The Vice-President in charge of the Boards of Appeal shall be informed of the application of paragraphs 3 and 4.

Article 4

Change of composition of a board of appeal

(1) If a member designated pursuant to Article 3 or 4 cannot or can no longer participate in the case, or if a change in the business distribution scheme occasions it, the Chairman shall designate another member of the Board to replace that member, having regard in particular to the criteria indicated in Article 3, paragraph 2.

(2) If a technically qualified member cannot be replaced by another member of the Board, the Chairman shall designate a technically qualified member who is a member of a Board in a neighbouring technical field. In so doing he shall procure the consent of the chairman of that Board and have regard in particular to the criteria indicated in Article 3, paragraph 2.

(3) If a legally qualified member cannot be replaced by another legally qualified member of the Board, the Chairman shall designate a legally qualified member in accordance with Article 5.

(4) The Vice-President in charge of the Boards of Appeal shall be informed of the application of paragraphs 2 and 3.

Article 5

Designation of legally qualified members who are not members of the Board

(1) The designation of legally qualified members in accordance with Article 3, paragraph 4, and Article 4, paragraph 3, shall proceed in the following order:

(a) in each case, that legally qualified member is called upon whose most recent designation occurred longest ago. For newly appointed legally qualified members the day on which they assumed office shall be regarded as a notional designation. If members rank the same in time they shall be called upon in alphabetical order;

(b) if a legally qualified member resulting from the application of sub-paragraph (a) is prevented from participating, or cannot in the opinion of the Chairman be called upon taking into account the criteria indicated in Article 3, paragraph 2, or when applying Article 7, the next following member according to sub-paragraph (a) shall be called upon.

(2) For reasons which are essential to the proper functioning of a board, one or more supplementary legally qualified member(s) can be designated to that board.

(3) The following legally qualified members are designated as supplementary members:

Ingo Beckedorf: 3.2.07, 3.3.01

Fritz Blumer: 3.4.01

Tamás Bokor: 3.3.01

Lukas Bühler: 3.2.02

Peter Guntz: 3.3.02

Christopher Heath: 3.3.06, 3.3.08

Eleni Kossonakou: 3.3.08

Dorothea Prietzel-Funk: 3.3.02

Christof Schmidt: 3.4.01

Claude Vallet: 3.3.05, 3.3.06.

Article 6

Designation of a replacement member by the Vice-President

If a member of a board cannot be replaced by applying Article 4, the Vice-President in charge of the Boards of Appeal shall designate the replacement member.

Article 7

Composition of the board where a number of appeals are closely linked

Where appeals pending before the Board are closely linked, in particular by involving similar legal or factual questions, the Chairman may order that the board shall decide in the same composition.

Article 8

Transitional provisions

Cases in which before 1 January 2016 a communication has been sent or oral proceedings have been appointed shall not be affected by this business distribution scheme, nor shall those cases individually allocated in transitional provisions of previous business distribution schemes. This provision applies mutatis mutandis if the business distribution scheme is amended during the working year.

Article 9

Term of validity

This business distribution scheme shall apply from 1 January 2016 until 31 December 2016.

Done at Munich on 7 December 2015

For the Presidium

The Chairman

W. VAN DER EIJK

 

 

[ 1 ] The Chairman is indicated by (Ch), the Chairman's deputy is indicated by an asterisk (*), technically qualified members by (TM) and legally qualified members by (LM).