T 0858/02 (Structured voicemail messages/LUCENT) of 12.8.2005

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2005:T085802.20050812
Date of decision: 12 August 2005
Case number: T 0858/02
Application number: 00304079.7
IPC class: H04M 3/533
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: C
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Decision text in EN (PDF, 63.086K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Structured voicemail messages
Applicant name: Lucent Technologies Inc.
Opponent name: -
Board: 3.5.03
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 84
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 52(2)(d)
Keywords: Presentation of information - no

1. When considering the nature or category of a claimed invention attention must be paid to the substance of what is claimed, rather than only taking into account how the claimed subject-matter is designated, which can be deceptive.

2. An electronic message is not automatically excluded from patentability under Article 52(2)(d) EPC as a presentation of information. This will depend on whether the message is defined by its structure or its content.

Cited decisions:
G 0002/88
G 0006/88
T 0163/85
T 0378/88
T 0410/96
T 1194/97
T 0659/04
Citing decisions:
T 0144/11

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