BL number

Concerning rights in

Hearing Officer
Miss J Pullen

Decision date
16 December 2020

Person(s) or Company(s) involved
Gas Tag Ltd.

Provisions discussed
Section 1(2), 76(2)

Added subject matter, Excluded fields (refused)

Related Decisions


The invention relates to a computer-based system for monitoring maintenance of multiple appliances at multiple premises which uses machine readable tags recording an identifier mounted in physical association with the appliances. A portable processing device is provided with a tag reader, a user interface to receive maintenance data input by the maintenance operative and an interface for exchanging data with a remote server. The remote server stores maintenance data for the appliances and has a user interface for providing the maintenance data to users such as landlords, tenants and contractors.

The Hearing Officer found that the latest amendments to the application added matter that is not unambiguously disclosed, either explicitly or implicitly in the application. Disregarding the added matter, the Hearing Officer applied the Aerotel/Macrossan four step and found that the contribution fell within the excluded categories as a business method as such. The application was refused under section 18(3).
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