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Ex Parte Steven J. Scott, et al.

Representative Claim

  1. A method of operating a Human-Machine Interface (HMI) system, the method comprising:
    receiving operational data associated with an operation of a machine;
    processing the operational data associated with the operation of the machine to determine a trend in the operational data;
    displaying a graphical representation of the trend; receiving a first user input and a second user input simultaneously on a surface of a user interface;
    processing the first user input and the second user input to determine a change in the trend; and
    displaying a graphical representation of the change in the trend.

Posture:

Appeal.

Abstract Idea: Yes

“These steps [of claim 1] involve the abstract concepts of processing and graphing data. Accordingly, claim 1 includes an abstraction that is arguably within the realm of a judicially-recognized patent-ineligible concept.”

Something More: Yes

“Moreover, claim 1 additionally recites the steps of “receiving a first user input and a second user input simultaneously on a surface of a user interface;” and “processing the first user input and the second user input to determine a [desired] change in the [representation of the] trend.” As such, claim 1 is limited to a method of using a tangible device–a user interface–to control the appearance of information represented on a display. These limitations are sufficient to prevent claim 1 from monopolizing the abstract idea of visually displaying information. See Alice, 134 S.Ct. at 2357 (quoting Mayo, 132 S.Ct. at 1297). That is, claim 1 as a whole amounts to significantly more than the abstract idea of processing and displaying information.”

Additional Information:

““Because claim 1 further recites “a surface,” the recited “user interface” is understood to correspond to a tangible, hardware interface. Such an interpretation is consistent with Appellants’ Specification, which discloses that “[u]ser interface 205 comprises a touch screen, a touch pad, or some other user device.” (Spec. ¶ 32.).”