28 September 2009

What to avoid for your successfull patenting of a method for playing golf

Yes, this article regards the story of a US case decision. Frankly, where else the Patent and Trademark Office, but also several courts would spend time and effort to examine the application for a method of playing games – a subject matter clearly excluded under the European Patent Convention and its underlying jurisdictions.

In Re Lister, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s outlines the funny story of a

Clinical Psychologist Having Become Tired

of  “the horrendously slow pace of a game of golf” and willing to seek intellectual property protection for a method increasing both, game’s speed and players’ scores.

In a proceeding without professional help, the applicant first obtained a registration from the US Copyright Office. This very fact almost deprived him from patent grant…

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