Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
Hearing Officer
Mr S Brown
Decision date
8 June 2010
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
Darran Bird
Provisions discussed
PA 1977 Sections 1(1)(b), 1(2) & 14(3)
Excluded fields (refused), Inventive step, Sufficiency
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The application concerns a method for determining the optimum length of the shaft of a golf club by measuring the lengths of various body parts of a golfer standing in an upright position. The Hearing Officer applied the Aerotel/Macrossan test and decided that the contribution made by the invention fell solely within excluded matter. Having decided that the invention was excluded the Hearing Officer did not consider the issues of Inventive step and sufficiency in any depth.

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