Citation Edit

In re Taner, 681 F.2d 787, 214 U.S.P.Q. (BNA) 678 (C.C.P.A. 1982) (full-text).

Factual Background Edit

Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Diamond v. Diehr,[1] the Patent and Trademark Office rejected a patent application for a method of seismic exploration using simulated seismic waves which were generated by summing the signals of conventional waves. A mathematical algorithm carried out on a digital computer was a part of the claimed invention.

C.C.P.A. Proceedings Edit

Reversing the Patent Office, the C.C.P.A. held that the simulated signal constituted a physical conversion of the summed actual signals, and was therefore a patentable process.

References Edit

  1. 450 U.S. 175, 209 U.S.P.Q. (BNA) 1 (1981).

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