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Ex Parte Andrew J. Fitt

Representative Claim

  1. A method for creating an index structure for spatial data, comprising:representing a product structure by a network of nodes and edges;setting a local geometric bound for each of said network nodes;propagating a cumulative geometric bound of said local geometric bounds along each of said network edges; andsimplifying said cumulative geometric bound at each of said network nodes during said propagation;whereby a geometric bound of each network node forms a spatial index geometric bound for a matching data model object.

Posture:

Appeal from USPTO claim rejections.

Abstract Idea: Yes

“We find claims directed to a method of creating a mathematical graph to represent a structure–whether a product structure or unconfigured structure– to be directed to an abstract idea. See Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd., 134 S.Ct. at 2355-2357 (finding claims directed to mathematical algorithms, formulas or relationships to be directed to abstract ideas).”

Something More: No

“The recited limitations, including setting geometric bounds for the nodes of the graph, propagating the geometric bounds along the edges of the graph, and simplifying the accumulated geometric bounds propagated to the nodes of the graph are simply those limitations or steps required to create a mathematical graph representing a structure as a geometric dependency network. Claims App’x 1-2. Such limitations do not limit the claims to a particular application of this abstract idea.”