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Also the deletion of a claim constitutes an amendment

The principle according to which any amendments to a party’s appeal case made after notification of a summons to oral proceedings shall not be taken into account (unless the party concerned has shown valid reasons that there are exceptional circumstances) also applies to the mere deletion of a claim from a previously filed auxiliary request (affirmative: Beschwerdekammer des Europäischen Patentamts J 14/19, T 494/18, T 2091/18, T 2920/18; dissenting: Beschwerdekammer des Europäischen Patentamts T 1480/16, T 1857/19, T 2201/19)

(EPO Board of Appeal 7/7/2022, T 2360/17, Buffer status reporting/INNOVATIVE).