Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
GB 2106050.4
Hearing Officer
Mr P Mason
Decision date
22 July 2022
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
Zebra Technologies Corporation
Provisions discussed
Section 1(2) of the Patents Act 1977
Excluded fields (allowed)
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The application relates to a data capture system that is used to capture product related data in order to update a distributed ledger wherein the ledger is maintained and accessed at multiple points throughout a product supply chain. The system is characterised by the application of a software flag to captured product data which determines whether or not the data is recorded on the distributed ledger.

The Hearing Officer applied the four-step approach set out in the Court of Appeal judgment in Aerotel. The Hearing Officer found the contribution made by the invention to be technical in nature and to fall outside the excluded matter of a program for a computer as such. The application was remitted to the examiner for further processing.

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