Claimed Subject Matter:
Encrypting data within a database system based on a defined system role (security administrator, database administrator, and user administrator).
The case provides an interesting discussion about the term “role”, e.g. as used in a computing sense e.g sysadmin, user, database admin.
The Board concluded that “that nothing in the claims or in the description can dispel the reasonable possibility that the definition of tasks to be distributed over three administrators is merely an organisational and hence non-technical issue, notwithstanding that it relates to a technical entity such as a database system”. The claims were then found to lack an inventive step based on this assumption.
[With thanks to Jake Loftus for help finding and reviewing these cases.]