Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
Hearing Officer
Mrs S E Chalmers
Decision date
12 May 2009
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
Provisions discussed
Section 1(2)
Excluded fields (refused)
Related Decisions


The application relates to a cable quantity totalizing device which calculates the optimum cable routing for cables used in installations such as chemical plants or power generation plants. It comprises a cable route search unit configured to search for potential cable routes with the shortest cable length and enables the user to display the search result as a 3-D model showing the optimum cable route together with the cable length calculation.

The Hearing Officer applied the Aerotel/Macrossan test and decided that the contribution made by the invention fell solely within excluded matter. The application was refused as being a combination of a mathematical method, a mental act and a program for a computer as such.

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