In re Doyle, 482 F.2d 1385, 179 U.S.P.Q. (BNA) 227 (C.C.P.A. 1973) (full-text).
Factual Background Edit
The application was to a system that "automatically produces data for [clothing] patterns of all the desired sizes from a single reference pattern." Schematic block diagrams were disclosed, including several computers, but no programs were set out.
PTO Board of Appeal Edit
Rejections by the patent examiner and Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences were based on inadequate disclosure of the "position data converter" and "computers." The affidavits submitted were held "unconvincing of the level of skill in the art to deal with the problem of modifying a computer to achieve the results" specified by the patent applicant. The C.C.P.A. affirmed the Board's rejections.