Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
Hearing Officer
Mr P Mason
Decision date
8 August 2019
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
Suunto OY
Provisions discussed
Excluded fields (allowed)
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The application relates to a system and method whereby events can be created and joined using data collected from multiple sports watches. Each sports watch collects sport-specific data and transmits the data to a remote computer which compares the data submitted. If the data is found to indicate a common context, the computer can create an event. Typically, a tentative event is created which can be either approved or rejected by the users. Once accepted, the users can share data such as heart rate data in real time.

The Hearing Officer applied the four-step approach set out in the Court of Appeal judgment in Aerotel. The Hearing Officer found the contribution made by the invention to be technical in nature and to fall outside the excluded matter of a program for a computer and a method for doing business as such. The application was remitted to the examiner for further processing.

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