Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
Hearing Officer
Mrs S E Chalmers
Decision date
7 March 2019
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
Arris Enterprises, Inc
Provisions discussed
Section 1(2)
Excluded fields (allowed)
Related Decisions


The application relates to a user interface used for controlling a thermostat. A set of controllable attributes including heating set point and cooling set point are displayed. The controllable attributes are placed in a particular order based on a detected increase or decrease in ambient temperature.

The Hearing Officer applied the four-step approach set out in Aerotel/Macrossan and also considered the decision in Gemstar and found the contribution made by the invention to be more than the presentation of information or a program for a computer as such. The application has been remitted to the examiner so that it can be forwarded to grant.

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