25 August 2012
Computerised Calendaring not Proper Subject Matter
Here's another case from the US in which such a product was found to lack subject matter. This is thanks to Dennis Crouch's Patently-O blog, and the link is here.
For those of you interested in the claim that was rejected:
A device for automatically delivering professional services to a client comprising:
a database containing a plurality of client reminders, each of the client reminders comprising a date field having a value attributed thereto;
software executing on said computer for automatically querying said database by the values attributed to each client reminder date field to retrieve a client reminder;
software executing on said computer for automatically generating a client response form based on the retrieved client reminder;
a communication link between said computer and the Internet;
software executing on said computer for automatically transmitting the client response form to the client through said communication link; and,
software executing on said computer for automatically receiving a reply to the response form from the client through said communication link.
As you can see, it's no longer enough just to have a computer and the Internet involved. It is important that the computer/s actually does something significant, like execute code representing an algorithm that is essential to the invention and cannot be performed practically with a pen and paper.