Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
GB1600697.5, GB1600691.8, GB1600693.4 and GB1600698.3
Hearing Officer
Mr H Jones
Decision date
5 March 2018
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
Landmark Graphics Corporation
Provisions discussed
Sections 1(2)(a) and 1(2)(c)
Excluded fields (allowed)
Related Decisions


The decision relates to a second group of four applications out of a total of sixteen from the same applicant. All four applications relate in general to computer-implemented methods of working with models of subterranean geology and for determining characteristics of that geology. The Hearing Officer heard arguments from the applicant on the standard of proof required by examiners in objecting to inventions relating to excluded subject-matter, on how the Office approach to assessing technical contribution as required by Aerotel may be inconsistent with the Courts and on how the inventions were similar to the invention set out in Vicom and Halliburton which had been found to be patentable. The Hearing Officer found that three of the inventions were not excluded and that the fourth as presently claimed was excluded as being a computer program as such. All four applications were remitted back to the examiner to conclude examination.

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