Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
Hearing Officer
Mrs C L Davies
Decision date
13 December 2010
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
Dell Products L.P.
Provisions discussed
PA 1977 Section 1(2)(c)
Excluded fields (refused)
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The application relates to build-to-order manufacture of information handling systems considering spare download capacity for each system. The method determines an efficiency parameter for a factory and loads additional content onto the information handling systems during build-to-order based on said efficiency parameter. The applicant asserted that there was a technical effect in determining the efficiency parameter and therefore that the application should not be excluded. The Hearing Officer found that the invention, on applying the Aerotel/Macrossan test, that the contribution lay solely within the excluded field of a business method, mental act and a computer program for applying the business method. The method determines the efficiency parameter without any degree of sensing and is merely calculated from a number of inputted parameters. The Hearing Officer therefore refused the application.

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