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Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
Hearing Officer
Mr S Brown
Decision date
15 March 2010
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
Suunto OY
Provisions discussed
PA 1977 Sections 1(1)(b) & 1(2)
Excluded fields (allowed), Inventive step
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The application relates to a portable device for measuring the movements of a sportsman, typically a golfer, which manipulates the data to produce a single number that is characteristic of the repeatability of the movements. Applying the Windsurfing/Pozzoli test the claims were found to be inventive. Applying the Aerotel/Macrossan test the contribution was found not to fall solely within excluded matter. The claims are thus allowable and the application was remitted to the examiner.

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