The German Federal Supreme Court decides on the question of whether the display of topographic information involves a technical teaching

The display of topographic information by means of a technical device is not excluded from patentability if at least one aspect of the teaching protected by the patent claim solves a technical problem. During examination of the inventive step, only those features which solve or at least have an influence on the solution of a technical problem with technical means are to be taken into consideration. Non-technical specifications, such as the choice of the display of position-related topographic information suitable for the navigation of a vehicle, are not taken into consideration.