Friday, 10 March 2017

Our attempt at Paper B 'Monitoring vital signs'

Herewith our attempt at Paper B 2017, which is available here: ENFR and DE

Claims
1. System for monitoring at least one vital sign of a human body, the system comprising:

-        holding attaching means (1, 11, 21) for holding attaching an optical sensor (2, 12, 22) and a motion sensor (3, 13, 23) close to the human body (10, 21), the holding attaching means (1, 11, 21) comprising in addition to the sensors (2, 12, 22, 3, 13, 23) transmitting means (4, 14, 24) for transmitting output signals from the sensors (2, 12, 22, 3, 13, 23),
-        evaluation means (5, 25) for receiving the output signals and calculating from the output signals the at least one vital sign,
characterised in that the attaching means is a garment,
and in that the evaluation means (5, 25) is configured to correct the output signal from the optical sensor (2, 12, 22) based on the output signal of the motion sensor (3, 13, 23) or to correct the output signal from the motion sensor (3, 13, 23) based on the output signal of the optical sensor
and in that the transmitting means (4, 14, 24) is a wireless transmitting means.

2. System according to claim 1, wherein the transmitting means (4, 14, 24) is a wireless transmitting meansat least one vital sign is pulse, body temperature, blood pressure and/or blood oxygen saturation.

3. System according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the wireless transmitting means (4, 14, 24) is a wireless local network emitter.

4. System according to any of claims 1 to 3, further comprising a screen (6) and configured to display the at least one vital sign on the screen.

5. System according to any of claims 1 to 4, wherein the holding means is an attaching means (1, 11) is one of such as a sock (1), or a wristband (11), and a glove.

6. System according to any of claims 1 to 3, wherein the attaching means is a headband (21) for goggles (20).

76. System according to any of claims 1 to 65, wherein the attaching means (1, 11, 21) is at least partly made of Optitexa material comprising 50-60% cotton, 30-40% polyurethane and 10-20% polyethylene glycol in % by weight.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

B 2017: first impressions of the first one-for-all B-paper?

To all who sat the B-paper today:

What are your first impressions to this year's B-paper?
Any general or specific comments?
Surprising elements in the client's letter and the prior art?

How many marks do you expect to have scored?
What is your expectation of the pass rate and the average score?

How did this year's paper compare to the mock paper?
Similar difficulty level?
Did it meet expectations, in view of the video about the one-for-all A and B papers, the mock B paper and its examiners report?
Could you understand the examiner's objections? And the client's wishes based on his letter and his proposed amendments? Was the Art.123(2) argumentation difficult, if any? Clarity? Novelty? Closest prior art selection, distinguishung feature, effect, objective technical problem, and the rest of the inventive step argumentation?

Was the subject-matter well understandable, for chemists as well as e/m candidates?

The paper and our answers

Copies of the paper will be provided on this blog as soon as we have received copies of the papers, in all three languages (English, French and German).

The core of our answers will be given as soon as possible in a separate blog post.

We look forward to your comments!

Comments are welcome in any official EPO language, not just English. So, comments in German and French are also very welcome!

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Monday, 20 June 2016

Examination Papers A and B – Examination Board made mock papers available

With effect from 2017, a single Paper A and a single Paper B will be set each year. As for current Paper C and the Pre-Examination, Papers A and B will be set in technical fields that are accessible to everyone. The Examination Board has made  mock papers available for Paper A (examiner report) and Paper B (examiner report). The examiner reports are currently available in English only.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Paper B Electricity Mechanics 2016 - our claims

Here it is: our claims and a brief explanation.


Claim 1.  Warning system for a driveway crossing (3, 13), comprising:
  • a control unit (5),
  • a pavement sensor (7, 8, 17) connected to the control unit (5) and configured tom detect pedestrians on a pavement (2, 12) approaching the driveway crossing (3, `13),
  • a first display means (6, 16) connected to the control unit (5),

the control unit (5) being configured so that the first display means (6, 16) gives the warning signal to the driver of a vehicle in the driveway (1, 16) in response to the output of the pavement sensor (7, 8, 17),
characterised in that:
  • the system further comprises  a driveway sensor (4, 14) connected to the control unit (5) and configured to detect a vehicle in the driveway (1, 11) approaching the driveway crossing (3, 13); and
  • the control unit (5) being configured to activate the pavement sensor (7, 8, 17) in response to the output of the driveway sensor (4, 14)

Basis:  original claim 1, further limited based on:
  • Claim 2: the system further comprises  a driveway sensor (4, 14) and configured to detect a vehicle in the driveway (1, 11) approaching the driveway crossing (3, 13)
  • Claim 4: also depended on claim 2): [driveway sensor is] connected to the control unit (5); the control unit (5) being configured to activate the pavement sensor (7, 8, 17) in response to the output of the driveway sensor (4, 14).
    This is also clear from [012], wherein a warning pole is described comprising such a warning system (see [005]). In lines 24-28 the now introduced feature is described.

Not taking over the second display means of claim 2 is an allowable intermediate generalisation:
The description in [008] introduces the driveway sensor. In [009] it shows a first use of the driveway sensor, being to warn pedestrians that a vehicle is exiting from the driveway. For this function the second display means is required.
However, [009] 1st sentence indicates that the second display means is preferred; thus optional. In [011] and [012] it becomes clear what a second, unrelated, function of the driveway sensor is: to ensure that the pavement sensor is activated only when the driveway sensor detects a vehicle, saving electricity. For this function no display is required. Thus indeed the second display means is optional and not mandatory to be used for the driveway sensor [not structurally and functionally linked such that they can only be used in combination].

Claim 2. Warning system according to claim 1, comprising a second display means (9) configured to warn pedestrians on the pavement (2, 120) that a vehicle is exiting from the driveway (1,11).
Basis: remainder of original claim 2, dependency unchanged.

Claim 3.  Warning system according to any of the previous claims, wherein the first display means is an LCD screen and the control unit (5) is an integral component of the LCD screen (6).
Basis: original claim 3, properly introducing the LCD screen, overcoming clarity objection (Art.84) raised under item 3 of the communication.
Reason for not broadening to ‘first display means’ is that the control unit being an integral component is only shown for an LCD screen (see [008], line 15). In real life we expect this generalisation not to have been problematic, but not having any own knowledge of the field there may not be enough basis for a generalisation.

Original claim 4: incorporated into claim 1.

Claim 4. Warning system according to any of the previous claims, characterised by the first display means being a traffic light, the system being configured so that the red light of the traffic light indicates the detection of a pedestrian on the pavement.
Basis: [010]
Note: not taken over is a dependency only on the preamble of claim 1; this would result into two separate, non-unitary inventions. Claim 5 proposed by the client relates arguably not to searched subject-matter.
Also avoiding introducing a clarity issue in the client’s claim of whether the traffic light is additional or is in place of the first display means.
Also avoiding a clarity issue of whether the driveway is claimed.

Claim 5. Warning pole (20) comprising a warning system according to claim 1.
Basis: [005], [012]

Note: ‘preferably’ has been scrapped. Only referring back to claim 1, since the pole is not shown in combination with the features of claims 2-4.

Looking forward to your comments,
All blog threads allow anyone to add comments and already have a lot of valuable, interesting and sometimes surprising discussions between many candidates who posted their comments as well as tutors resulted from those.Any remarks, (different) opinions and questions as are welcome! Please post your contribution as comments to this blog, so everybody can paticipate in and benefit from the discussion/ explanation.
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Jelle, Sander, Tanja

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

B-Electricity/Mechanics 2016: First impressions?


To all who sat the B-paper today:

What are your first impressions to this year's B-paper?
Any general or specific comments?
Surprising elements in the client's letter, client's claims proposal or EPO communication?

How many marks do you expect to have scored?
What is your expectation of the pass rate and the average score?
How did this year's paper compare to the 2014 and 2015 papers (assuming your practiced those)

The paper and our answers

Copies of the paper will be provided on this blog as soon as we have received copies of the papers, in all three languages here (English [available], French and German).

The core of our answers will be given as soon as possible in a separate blog post.

We look forward to your comments!
Comments are welcome in any official EPO language, not just English. So, comments in German and French are also very welcome!

Please do not post your comments anonymously - it is allowed, but it makes responding more difficult and rather clumsy ("Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms Anonymous of 05-05-2015 05:05"), whereas using your real name or a pseudonym is more personal, more interesting and makes a more attractive conversation. You do not need to log in or make an account - it is OK to just put your (nick) name at the end of your post.

Please post your comments as to first impressions and general remarks to this blog.
Please post responses to our answer (as soon as available) to the separate blog post with our answer.
Thanks!

Sander, Jelle, Nico


Thursday, 2 July 2015

Results Main Exam EQE 2015 now available!

Today, 2 July 2015, the results from the EQE Main Exam 2015 were made available on the EQE webpages (pdf), as a list showing the marks per EQE regnr. The pdf-file also indicates that the official results letters will be dispatched as of 14 July onwards, and that only the results as notified in the official results letter are legally binding.


Pass rates for each of the papers papers and score distributions are presented in our general EQE blog: http://eqe-deltapatents.blogspot.nl/

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Paper B E/M 2015 - A skiing adventure



Paper B 2015 (English, French, German) tasked the candidates with a ski locating system for locating a ski after it is lost in an accident. My first impression is that this was not a very easy paper. Getting the claims right requires some careful slaloming to avoid the added subject matter problems.

Claim 1

The first reading of Claim 1  already shows a few problems. The characterizing portion added by the client further defines the actuator in a functional manner: "the actuator (4a) moves automatically from the first to the second position upon separation of the ski boot (3) from the ski (1 )". But, one wonders how technically this is to be done. Furthermore, the claim refers to "separation of the ski boot (3) from the ski (1 )" and that the ski is 'for use with' the ski boot. This seems to leave the relationship between ski and boot unclear.

Looking to the support for this claim, we find two embodiments for a ski, one with a two-piece ski binding and one with a one-piece binding. Only in the two-piece binding ski are the radio transmitter (5) and a switch comprised in the ski.We find that the switch moves automatically because of an elastic element. No other mechanism for moving the actuator is given, so the elastic element seems essential for the invention. The elastic element should thus have been included when amending the claim.

Should the fact that this ski has a two-piece binding be included in the claim? I think it should. With a one-piece binding the ski would not work, as the actuator is integrated with the ski.

The characterizing portion was based on D1. This documents seems to be the closest prior art. Only D1 shows a ski that allows to a skier to locate his ski when it is lost. The system of D2 tracks a ski by registering its passage past stationary radio transmitters. So unless you lost your ski close to such a transmitter it won't help to find your ski. D2 does not show a way for the user to recover his ski, and is also not suitable when the ski is lost under the snow. Therefore, for use in case of accident, the system of D1 seems much better.

Claim 2

The client has made two amendments to this claim.

First of all,  'further' has been added to distinguish  the switch in Claim 2 from the switch in Claim 1. This seems a good amendment, and even has explicit support (section 9, line 24).

Second, the client has added that the further switch is arranged to deactivate the radio transmitter  'when the two-piece ski binding is manually opened'. However, this phrase is absent in the application. This amendment should be corrected. Section 9 gives a close alternative, a manually operable switch.

There is a problem with this amendment though, as the text indicates that this is only one possible embodiment ("The switch 10 may be a manually operable switch."). If we take the text for its word one could amend the claim functionally. For examples as follows: "Ski (1) according to claim 1, comprising a further switch (10) arranged to deactivate the radio transmitter (5), when the ski is not in use."

However, the text gives only one specific example, which makes the support for this broader claim questionable. So we have opted for the more specific claim (see below).

Claim 3

As in Claim 1, the 'for use with' phrasing looks unclear. Following the logic for Claim 1, the preamble is amended by clarifying the relationship between ski binding, ski and ski-boot. The application shows only one embodiment in which a switch and transmitter are part of a binding, so the Claim is restricted to a one-piece binding.

The original claim 5 includes the phrase 'for use in a system for locating a ski'. One could wonder if it is allowed to remove this from the claim, as the client has done. However, the new claim is almost entirely made from parts of the text (only the word 'ski-binding' remains of the original claim.) As the relevant section does not have this phrase,  and neither does the mirror claim 1, it seems okay to leave it out. So we follow the clients lead here.

Claim 4

The client has included a claim for a ski-binding with the further switch. However, the application only gives support for a ski with a further switch. The application gives no basis for moving the switch to the binding. Accordingly, this claim has no support. I don't see how to salvage it, so it is removed.

Claim 5

This claim depends from two different independent claims. Although unusual, this is allowed by the Guidelines (F-IV-3.4). So there is no need to split the claim. Moreover, the client does not want us to add dependent claims. The text copied from the application misses the part 'U-shaped'. There is no support for the more general 'bar'. Since we removed claim 4, we will have to correct the reference from claim 4 to claim 3. As we are now referring to the more general claim, we may as well add the same dependency for the ski version of the claim.

Below is our version of the claims:


CLAIMS:

1. Ski having a two-piece ski binding (8) for attaching for use with a ski boot (3) to the ski (1), the ski (1) comprising a radio transmitter (5) and a switch (4) connected to the radio transmitter (5), the switch (4) comprising an actuator (4a) being moveable between a first position in which the radio transmitter (5) is inactive and a second position in which the radio transmitter (5) is active, characterized in that the switch (4) comprises an elastic element for automatically moving the actuator (4a) moves automatically from the first to the second position upon separation of the ski boot (3) from the ski (1 ).

2. Ski (1) according to claim 1, comprising a further switch (10) arranged to deactivate the radio transmitter (5), when the two-piece ski binding is manually opened the further switch (10) being a manually operable switch.

3. One-piece Ski ski binding (8) for attaching use with a ski boot (3) to a ski, the ski binding (8) comprising a radio transmitter (5) and a switch (4) connected to radio transmitter (5), the switch (4) comprising an actuator (4a) moveable between a first position in which the radio transmitter (5) is inactive and a second position in which the radio transmitter (5) is active, characterized in that the switch (4) comprises an elastic element for automatically moving the actuator (4a) moves automatically from the first to the second position upon separation of the ski boot (3) from the ski binding (8).

4. Ski binding (8) according to claim 3 comprising a further switch (10) arranged to deactivate the radio transmitter (5) when the one-piece ski binding (8) is manually opened.

54. Ski (1) or ski binding (8) according to claim 1, 2  or 4 3 wherein the actuator (4a) is a metal plate, a U-shaped bar or a push button.

 
Sander & Jelle


   
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