Yes, you read that headline correctly. Today, one panel of the Board reversed an Examiner's 101 rejection of the following claim. Here's the rationale in its entirety:
“We find that claims 23, 29, and 30 recite a computerized method which includes a step of outputting information from a computer (FF 7 and 9-10) and therefore, are tied to a particular machine or apparatus.”
So much for that "insignificant post-solution activity" requirement. And there's no antecedent basis for that "computer system", either.
Case is Ex Parte Dickerson. Care to guess who the assignee is? Think Blue.
23. A computerized method for identifying a solution to address exposed performance gaps of a company in a specific industry, comprising:
first identifying a plurality of operational metrics for the specific industry, wherein the operational metrics includes a factor used to measure health or viability of a generic company in the specific industry, wherein the specific industry is a grocery store industry, wherein the operational metrics include at least one of a rate of inventory turnover and a number of customers per day;
assembling a set of solutions for application by the specific industry, wherein the set includes one of a decision, an action, a product, and a service;
assessing impacts of application of the set of solutions on the operational metrics for the specific industry, wherein the assessing includes determining which of the set of solutions has a negative impact on an operational metric and determining which of the set of solutions has a positive impact on the operational metric;
after identifying, assembling, and assessing, then comparing a current operational performance of the company to an operational performance of another company within the specific industry to obtain at least one performance gap, wherein the operational performance includes a performance of a company based upon the operational metric for the specific industry;
identifying a solution based upon the
impacts to address the exposed performance gaps, wherein the solution is at
least one of a decision, an action, a product, and a service that impacts a
problem in a positive manner; and
outputting the solution from the computer system.