Posted by Anton Hughes on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 with No comments
CitationIn re Malcolm D. McIlroy (1971) 58 CCPA 1249; 442 F.2d 1397
JurisdictionUS Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
FactsP had a patent for "Machine Processing of Symbolic Data Constitutuents" rejected on the basis that "only machine-implemented methods can be statutory, at least where information processing is concerned, and that the claims do not require machine implementation" (at 1249).
- Machine implementation vs. mental implementation is not a determinative dichotomy in deciding whether a method is non-statutory. (at 1249)
- A process having practical value other than enhancing the internal operation of digital computers was in the technological arts and hence statutory under ß101. (at 1249)