BL number

Concerning rights in

Hearing Officer
Mr H Jones

Decision date
1 December 2020

Person(s) or Company(s) involved
David Smith

Provisions discussed
Section 1(1)(c)

Industrial application

Related Decisions


The invention is described as a rotor unit operable to rotate about a rotational axis. It is described as a power generation apparatus and the examiner considered this to mean that the overall system created energy from nothing, which would be contrary to well-established physical laws and therefore incapable of industrial application. When taken as a whole, the hearing officer concluded that the reference to power generation in the application simply meant a transfer of energy from one form to another as opposed to energy creation. The invention was found to be capable of industrial application and the application was remitted to the examiner.
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