Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
Hearing Officer
Mr S Brown
Decision date
12 July 2019
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
ABB Technology AG
Provisions discussed
PA 1977 Section 1(2)
Excluded fields (refused)
Related Decisions


The application relates to the display screen of a tool which is used for configuring field devices. The Hearing Officer applied the Aerotel/Macrossan test and considered the signposts laid out in HTC v Apple and decided that the contribution made by the invention was excluded as a program for a computer, as such. The Hearing Officer then considered Gemstar v Virgin Media and decided that the contribution was also excluded as the presentation of information, as such. The application was thus refused under section 18(3).

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