Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
GB 0308095.9
Hearing Officer
Mr A Bartlett
Decision date
16 February 2007
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
NEC Corporation
Provisions discussed
PA 1977 section 1(2) (c) and (d)
Excluded fields (refused)
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The application concerns a system, primarily for use on a mobile phone, for processing a received email depending upon the content and source of the email. The device is capable of producing two simultaneous notify tones when the address of the sender matches one preset by the user and the email contains a particular text string.

The Hearing Officer considered the application according to the method of analysis laid out in the Court of Appeal judgment in Aerotel/Macrossan and decided that the actual contribution made by the invention defined in the independent claims resided solely in excluded matter, in particular the presentation of information and a program for a computer.

He therefore refused the application.

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