Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
Hearing Officer
Mr P Mason
Decision date
13 May 2011
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
New Voice Media Ltd
Provisions discussed
Whether patent application GB0919376.4 complies with section 1(2)
Excluded fields (allowed)
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The application relates to a method and apparatus for use in a call handling system which extracts information from a received call. Based on said extracted information, information not primarily intended for call handling is searched and further information based on the results of the search are passed to an ‘agent’. Applying the Aerotel/Macrossan test the hearing Officer found that the invention did not relate to a computer program or the presentation of information as such and thus did not fall within excluded matter. The claims are thus allowable and the application was remitted to the examiner for marking in order for grant.

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