Computer system for online maintenance

Case studies on computer patent examination

Computer system for online maintenance

With the latest update of the exam guidelines for computer software-related inventions, TIPO has provided 20 case studies in the five main areas of computing – AI, IoT, blockchain, cloud applications and big data – to help candidates to better understand the basis on which patent applications are evaluated and ensure that patent examiners use the same concepts when examining.

We have extracted one of the case studies, 3.2 Computer System for Line Maintenance, on Computer Patent Examination for reference.

  1. BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Problem to solve

To solve the problem of the interviewee’s journey and save the maintenance cost

Technical means

Evaluate the interviewee’s performance by AI big data analysis, film their performance by a camera of an electronic device and assign interview scores accordingly.

Effect

Provide full analysis and feedback from the interviewee

Extract from Specifications

An online interview computer system includes an input unit, inputting a resume of an interviewee; a processing unit, retrieving the resume to match a skill required for a job position, and generating a match degree according to the skill requirement and the resume. The corresponding degree is generated based on the handiness required for the position. For example, job suitability refers to whether business skills match job requirements. The higher the degree of matching, the higher the score, and vice versa. Accordingly, the processing unit comprehensively assesses the work ability required for the position applied for based on the academic performance of the respondent, and generates an overall score, which is displayed by a display unit.

  1. COMPLAINTS

[Claim 1] Ineligible

Computer system for online maintenance, comprising:

an input unit, inputting a resume of an interviewee;

a processing unit, processing the summary to generate a score; and

a display unit, displaying the score.

[Claim 2] Eligible

Computer system for online maintenance, comprising:

an input unit, inputting a resume of an interviewee;

a processing unit, retrieve the interviewee’s curriculum vitae to match a work capacity required for a job positiongenerating a corresponding diploma according to the maneuverability required for a position and the curriculum vitae, in which the higher the corresponding degree, the higher the score, and vice versa, and generate a overall score according to a school performance of the interviewee; and

a display unit, displaying the full score.

  1. ANALYSIS

Exam concept

Steps for determine eligibility of subject:

  1. If the complaints obviously comply with the definition of an invention:

(1) Claims 1 and 2 do not perform the control of the machine, nor the processing which accompanies the control.

(2) The data processed by claims 1 and 2 are CV and employment information, both are artificially created data, which are generated by human mental activity, so that it does not perform the processing of data according to the technical nature of the object.

In conclusion, claims 1 and 2 clearly do not meet the definition of an invention.

  1. If the complaints obviously noncompliance with the definition of an invention:

Claims 1 and 2 are “systemswhich implies that the invention is accomplished with computer software and hardware. Also, they do not manifestly non-compliant the definition of an invention.

Accordingly, the analysis should enter step 3, determining based on the viewpoint of the software.

  1. Determination whether “the the processing of information through computer software is carried out through the use of material resources

For a computer software-related invention that cannot be determined by the above two steps, further consideration should be given to whether it satisfies the requirement that “the processing of information through computer software is achieved through the use of material resources”. The technical means/steps of processing by the collaboration between software and hardware do not refer to the indication of specific hardware resources in the claims are necessary. For example, if the claims include specific technical means for information/data processing, even if the computer is the only material claimed, as long as a person skilled in the art referring to common knowledge at the time of filing can know that the specific technique is realized by the collaboration between computer software and general hardware such as CPU and memory, claims must always be determined to be eligible from “the processing of information through computer software is achieved by the use of hardware resources

[Claim 1]

Claim 1 does not cite any technical means/step of data processing by collaborative computer software and hardware, but only includes the step of processing the CV. Further, claim 1 does not provide any specific post-input/pre-output information processing technique, but the purpose and effect of information processing.

Thus, claim 1 makes do not imply “the the processing of information through computer software is carried out through the use of material resources” and will be ineligible.

[Claim 2]

Claim 2 includes the features “the processing unit retrieves the resume of the interviewee to match a handiness required for a job positiongenerates a corresponding degree based on the handiness required for a position and the CV, in which the higher the corresponding degree, the higher the score, and vice versa, and generates a overall score according to a school performance of the interviewee” clearly as the technical means/steps of data processing by collaboration between software and computer hardware. That is, the specific claim summary processing techniques clearly claim the specific processing means/steps after input and before output of information.

Thus, claim 2 must imply “the the processing of information through computer software is carried out through the use of material resources” and will be eligible.

Review Notice

Claim 1 is a computer system for an online interview. The processing unit only describes the processing of the retake and the generation of a score, without disclosing how to treat to generate the score.

Thereby, Claim 1 does not imply “the processing of information through computer software is achieved through the use of hardware resources”, therefore does not meet the definition of an invention.

Source: https://www.tipo.gov.tw/tw/dl-280440-4a8254a2a7ac447fb32777ae4f5d1485.html (TIPO: Computer Patent Examination Case Studies_in Chinese)

Gordon K. Morehouse