Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
Hearing Officer
Mr P Marchant
Decision date
23 June 2008
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
Intel Corporation
Provisions discussed
PA 1977 Section 1(2)
Excluded fields (allowed)
Related Decisions


The invention concerns the optimisation of computer program instructions for use in a multiple parallel processor. Optimisation consists of identifying two or more suitable candidate instructions within a sequence and replacing them with a “single instruction with multiple data” (or “SIMD”) instruction. The hearing officer found claims to the software, or the software implemented in conventional hardware to be excluded, but accepted that the applicant might be able to draft allowable claims to a new hardware arrangement. The applicant was invited to file amended claims and the application was remitted to the examiner to continue prosecution.

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