Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
Hearing Officer
Mr B Micklewright
Decision date
24 May 2019
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
ABB Technology AG
Provisions discussed
Patents Act 1977 sections 1(1)(d) and 1(2)
Excluded fields (allowed)
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The invention related to the configuration of technical equipment by propagating configuration changes from a master to a duplicate whilst checking for any conflicts. Despite the independent claims having a number of clarity issues, the hearing officer was able to construe the claims and concluded that the invention made a technical contribution and was not therefore excluded from patentability as a program for a computer as such. He remitted the application back to the examiner for consideration of the clarity of the claims.

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