Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
GB 0807865.1 & GB 0807867.7
Hearing Officer
Mr P Thorpe
Decision date
9 March 2012
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
VMware Inc
Provisions discussed
PA 1977 Section 1(2)
Excluded fields (allowed)
Related Decisions


The decision considered whether the inventions claimed in two similar applications were excluded as computer programs. The applications related to the deployment of software applications to the runtime environment of a computer. The hearing officer, applying the test set out in Aerotel/Macrossan found that the inventions involved, in both cases a technical contribution and as such were not excluded as computer programs as such. The cases were remitted back to the examiner.

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