BL number
Concerning rights in
GB 1216858.9
Hearing Officer
Mr B Micklewright
Decision date
12 August 2016
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
The Boeing Company
Provisions discussed
Patents Act 1977, section 1(1), 1(2), 3
Excluded fields (refused), Inventive step
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The application related to analysing maintenance data for vehicles, in particular aircraft. It involved analysing maintenance actions which correspond to a fault message relating to the vehicle and identifying corrective actions. This information was stored so that it may be retrieved when diagnosing future fault messages. The system inferred that the last corrective action (i.e. the most recent action) associated with a maintenance event was the action which fixed the fault. The hearing officer found that the invention was excluded from patentability as a program for a computer as such and a method of doing business as such. He also found that it lacked an inventive step over two prior art documents. The application was therefore refused.

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