Claimed Subject Matter:
Matching items with items in a table.
This case confirms that one indication of technical character is that the method has an overall technical effect, such as controlling some physical process. On the facts, the claimed invention was found to provide either an abstract data-processing effect or, taking into account the specific embodiment of matching books and compact discs, an effect in the field of business. Neither of these effects was deemed to indicate technical character.
The board did indicate though that that, based on T 424/03 or T 1351/04, a technical effect may arise from “functional data structures”. For example, an index may have technical character as it controls a computer by directing it to a certain memory location. However on the facts of the present case, the indexes in the claim were well-known or “generic”.