Patent decision

BL number
Concerning rights in
Hearing Officer
Mrs C L Davies
Decision date
28 January 2012
Person(s) or Company(s) involved
William Kostuj
Provisions discussed
PA 1977 Section 1(2)(c); section 14(3)
Excluded fields (refused), Sufficiency
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The application relates to the field of golf swing. More specifically, the present invention relates to first developing a limb-only golf grip and golf swing without holding a golf club. And once a consistent grip and swing have been developed a golf club is fitted to that.

The Hearing Officer found, on applying the Aerotel/Macrossan test, that the contribution is not technical in nature and simply consists only of excluded subject matter and is no more than a scheme, rule or method of performing, playing a game, a mental act or doing business. The Hearing Officer also found the contribution to be caught under the phrase “among other things” in section 1(2).

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