Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
Hearing Officer
Mr H Jones
Decision date
4 January 2023
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
Teledyne FLIR Commercial Systems, Inc
Provisions discussed
Section 1(2) and section 14(3)
Excluded fields (allowed), Sufficiency
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The application relates to using a neural network for image identification and classification, and the aim of the invention is to improve the accuracy of identification by generating synthetic images to be used as further training data for the neural network. The examiner considered the invention to be excluded as a program for a computer and that it had not been described in sufficient detail for a skilled person to put it into effect. The hearing officer found that the invention performed a specific technical task outside of a computer and that in accordance with caselaw it should be regarded as a patentable invention. The hearing officer also considered the question of sufficiency of disclosure and concluded that the description did disclose the invention in sufficient detail for it to be performed by a person skilled in the art. The application was remitted to the examiner to complete examination.

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