Commissioner’s Decision No. 1308

The Commissioner of Patents (Commissioner) refused to grant a patent relating to point-of-sale computer systems capable of printing or generating discount coupons conditionally having borders. The Commissioner held that the addition of conditional printing of watermarks and/or borders on the receipts in the patent application does not give rise to ingenuity. Thus, the claims would have been obvious to a person of skill in the art. The Commissioner would also require amendment of the claims to render them compliant with s. 27(4) of the Patent Act, if a Court disagrees with the finding of obviousness.