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PATENT COOPERATION TREATY 



PCT 



INTERNATIONAL PRELIMINARY REPORT ON PATENTABILITY 

(Chapter I of the Patent Cooperation Treaty) 



(PCT Rule 44bis) 


Applicant's or agent's file reference 


FOR FURTHER ACTION 


See item 4 below 


PA142689/PCT 






International application No. 


International filing date (day/month/year) 


Priority date (day/month/year) 


PCT/IB2007/053906 


26 September 2007 (26.09.2007) 


26 September 2006 (26.09.2006) 


International Patent Classification (8th edition unless older edition indicated) 




See relevant information in Form PCT/ISA/237 




Applicant 






DISCOVERY HOLDINGS LIMITED 





1. This international preliminary report on patentability (Chapter I) is issued by the International Bureau on behalf of the 
International Searching Authority under Rule 44 bis. 1(a). 

2. This REPORT consists of a total of 4 sheets, including this cover sheet. 

In the attached sheets, any reference to the written opinion of the International Searching Authority should be read as a reference 
to the international preliminary report on patentability (Chapter I) instead. 



3. This report contains indications relating to the following items: 





Box No. 


I 


Basis of the report 


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Box No. 


II 


Priority 


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Box No. 


III 


Non-establishment of opinion with regard to novelty, inventive step and industrial 
applicability 


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Box No. 


IV 


Lack of unity of invention 




Box No. 


V 


Reasoned statement under Article 35(2) with regard to novelty, inventive step or industrial 
applicability; citations and explanations supporting such statement 


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Box No. 


VI 


Certain documents cited 


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Box No. 


VII 


Certain defects in the international application 


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Box No. 


VIII 


Certain observations on the international application 



4. The International Bureau will communicate this report to designated Offices in accordance with Rules AAbis. 3(c) and 93bis.l but 
not, except where the applicant makes an express request under Article 23(2), before the expiration of 30 months from the priority 
date (Rule 44bis .2). 





Date of issuance of this report 
31 March 2009 (31.03.2009) 


The International Bureau of WIPO 
34, chemin des Colombettes 
1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland 

Facsimile No. +41 22 338 82 70 


Authorized officer 

Cecile Chatel 

e-mail: ro.ib@wipo.int 



Form PCT/IB/373 (January 2004) 



PCT/IB2007/053906 08.08.2008 



PATENT COOPERATION TREATY 



From the 

INTERNATIONAL SEARCHING AUTHORITY 



To: 

HEATHER JUNE DONALD 
SPOOR & FISHER 
P.O. BOX 454 

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA 0001 


PCT 

WRITTEN OPINION OF THE 
INTERNATIONAL SEARCHING AUTHORITY 

(PC 1 Rule 43o/s. 1) 


(day/month/yetr) 0 8 AUG 2008 


Applicant's or agent's file reference 
PA142689/PCT 


FOR FURTHER ACTION 

See paragraph 2 below 


International application No. 
PCT/IB07/53906 


International filing date (day/month/year) 
26 September 2007 (26.09.2007) 


Priority date {day/month/year) 
26 September 2006 (26.09.2006) 


International Patent Classification (IPC) or both national classification and IPC 

IPC: G06Q30/00( 2006.01) 
USPC: 705/14 


Applicant 

DISCOVERY HOLDINGS LIMITED 



1. This opinion contains indications relating to the following items: 

Basis of the opinion 
Priority 

Non-establishment of opinion with regard to novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability 
Lack of unity of invention 

Reasoned statement under Rule 43bis. l(a)(i) with regard to novelty, inventive step or industrial 
applicability; citations and explanations supporting such statement 

Certain documents cited 

Certain defects in the international application 
Certain observations on the international application 

2 FURTHER ACTION 

If a demand for international preliminary examination is made, this opinion will be considered to be a written opinion of the 
International Preliminary Examining Authority ("IPEA") except that this does not apply where the applicant chooses an 
Authority other than this one to be the IPEA and the chosen IPEA has notified the International Bureau under Rule 66Abis(b) 
that written opinions of this International Searching Authority will not be so considered. 

If this opinion is, as provided above, considered to be a written opinion of the IPEA, the applicant is invited to submit to the 
IPEA a written reply together, where appropriate, with amendments, before the expiration of 3 months from the date of mailing 
of Form PCT/ISA/220 or before the expiration of 22 months from the priority date, whichever expires later. 
For further options, see Form PCT/ISA/220. 



3. For further details, see notes to Form PCT/ISA/220. 



Name and mailing address of the ISA/ US 


Date of completion of this opinion/ 


/ Authorized officer 


Mail Stop PCT, Attn: ISA/US 
Commissioner for Patents 




Alexander Ka!inowsk ^^^^ 


P.O. Box 1450 


i 




Alexandria, Virginia 223 13-1450 




Telephone No. 571-272-3600 


Facsimile No. (571) 273-3201 







Form PCT/1SA/237 (cover sheet) (April 2007) 



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PCT/IB2007/053906 08.08.2008 



WRITTEN OPINION OF THE 
INTERNATIONAL SEARCHING AUTHORITY 


International application No. 
PCT/IB07/53906 


Box No. I Basis of this opinion 


1 . With regard to the language, this opinion has been established on the basis of: 




1^<3 the international application in the language in which it was filed 




| | a translation of the international application into , which is the language of a translation furnished for the purposes of 
international search (Rules 12.3(a) and 23.1(b)). 

2. [I] This opinion has been established taking into account the rectification of an obvious mistake authorized by or notified to this 

Authority under Rule 91 (Rule 43bis. 1(a)) 

3. With regard to any nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence disclosed in the international application, this opinion has been 
established on the basis of: 


a. type of material 




I | a sequence listing 




| | table(s) related to the sequence listing 




b. format of material 




I | on paper 




I | in electronic form 




c. time of filing/furnishing 




| | contained in the international application as filed. 




| | filed together with the international application in electronic form 




| | furnished subsequently to this Authority for the purposes of search. 


4. Q In addition, in the case that more than one version or copy of a sequence listing and/or table(s) relating thereto has been filed 
or furnished, the required statements that the information in the subsequent or additional copies is identical to that in the 
application as filed or does not go beyond the application as filed, as appropriate, were furnished. 


5. Additional comments: 





Form PCT/lSA/237(Box No. I) (April 2007) 



PCT/IB2007/053906 08.08.2008 



WRITTEN OPINION OF THE 
INTERNATIONAL SEARCHING AUTHORITY 



International application No. 
PCT/IB07/53906 



Box No. V Reasoned statement under Rule 43 £/s.l(a)(i) with regard to novelty, inventive step or industrial 
applicability; citations and explanations supporting such statement 

1. Statement 



Novelty (N) 



Claims NONE 



Claims 1-12 



_YES 
NO 



Inventive step (IS) 



Claims NONE 



Claims 1-12 



_YES 

_NO 



Industrial applicability (IA) 



Claims 1-12 



Claims NONE 



_YES 
NO 



2. Citations and explanations: 

Claims 1-12 lack novelty under PCT Article 33(2) as being anticipated by Hicks et al (US 2003/0200142). 

Re claims 1-12: Hicks discloses a method and system of rewarding employees of an organization, the method including: awarding 
points to an employee for participation in a plurality of program areas; calculating the total points awarded to the employee for a 
predetermined period; and rewarding the employee with at least one reward depending on the total points awarded to the employee 
(abstract, paragraphs 001 1-01 12). 



Form PCT/lSA/237 (Box No. V) (April 2007)