Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
Hearing Officer
Mrs C L Davies
Decision date
16 October 2007
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
Mars UK Limited
Provisions discussed
PA 1977 sections 1(1)(a) and 14(5)(b)
Clarity, Novelty
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The application relates to a foodstuff which has specific macronutrient content parameters, the macronutrients in question being protein, fat and carbohydrate, when used in a method of increasing the acceptance and enjoyment of the foodstuff to a cat.

The hearing officer found independent claims 1 and 6 to be lacking in clarity, with it not being possible to precisely determine the scope of the invention. Consequently, the hearing officer was unable to come to a definitive view regarding novelty. The application was refused.

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