Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
Hearing Officer
Mr H Jones
Decision date
8 March 2018
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
Landmark Graphics Corporation
Provisions discussed
Sections 1(2)(c)
Excluded fields (allowed)
Related Decisions
O/112/18, O/138/18, O/140/18, O/143/18


The invention relates to a computer-implemented method of working with models of subterranean geology, in particular to adjusting the grid cell size in a static earth model and using the modified earth model as an input to a flow simulator in hydrocarbon production monitoring and planning. 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. Amendments had been proposed to overcome a clarity objection. The Hearing Officer found that the invention as proposed to be amended was not excluded under section 1(2) and remitted the application back to the examiner to conclude examination, inviting the applicant to formally make the proposed amendments.

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