Case Law Review – T 1459/10

Case:

            T 1459/10

Claimed Subject Matter:

Upgrading programs in a wireless communication system – i.e. upgrading TV or set-top box software (Samsung).

The claimed device differs from the cited art by:

(a) the means for downloading upgrade program code from a memory card, and

(b) the device is one of a set-top box and a television and the other device is the other one out of a set-top box and a television.

Comments:

Upgrading the software of a (stand-alone) television or set-top box is merely a specific example of the general case of a wireless communication system having a program update function, as is indeed apparent from the introduction to the description.

The limitation in claim 1 to the claimed device being a television or a set-top box only serves to specify the type of the device which is to be upgraded without implying additional technical features or requirements.

Such a limitation does not lead the skilled person to consider exclusively prior art in the field of upgrading software of a television or set-top box since, as noted above, there is no technical relationship between the device being specifically a television or a set-top box and the features in claim 1 relating to the upgrade of software, i.e. the means for downloading upgrade program code, the configuration of the upgrade program having first, second and a common upgrade programs, the configuration of the device to upgrade itself using the first and the common upgrade programs and comprising transmission means for transmitting the second and the common upgrade program to the other device.

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