Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
Hearing Officer
Mrs S E Chalmers
Decision date
16 January 2019
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
General Electric Company
Provisions discussed
Patents Act Section 1(2)
Excluded fields (allowed)
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The invention relates to evaluating the operation of a generator using a computer by obtaining diagnostic data from one or more sensors in the generator, determining whether an anomaly exists using a knowledge base and if so providing a fault code to a user indicating the nature of an error that caused the anomaly.

The Hearing Officer applied the four-step approach set out in Aerotel/Macrossan in the light of the AT&T and HTC judgments but was unable to identify an actual contribution in view of prior art identified by the examiner. The alleged contribution of the invention was considered and found to be more than a program for a computer as such. The application has been remitted back to the examiner for further substantive examination.

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