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Gottschalk, Martin 

From: Paul Bianco [pbianco@fggbb.com] 

Sent: Friday, December 1 7, 201 0 1 0:04 AM 

To: Gottschalk, Martin 

Cc: Dinah Fuentes 

Subject: US Patent Application No. 09/876,31 1 ; Attorney Docket No. 7802-A08-002 
Attachments: proposed claim amendments.doc 
Dear Examiner Gottschalk- 

Further to our discussion earlier this week, I received authorization from the client to agree to the claim 
amendments we discussed to place this application in condition for allowance. Specifically, it is my 
understanding that you are prepared to allow this case if we add claim 8 to claim 1, amend 
dependencies accordingly, and cancel any other independent claims (which can be pursued in 
continuing applications). In the attached WORD document, I have made these changes. Please review 
and let me know if you have any questions. Given the desire to take action this week and your 
willingness to handle via an Examiner's Amendment, feel free to send an email with any questions. I 
understand that this may not be secure. 

Thank you for your assistance with this application. 
Paul Bianco 




12/18/2010 



IN THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE 



Applicant(s): Marice Ronan Goodman et al. 



Confirmation No.: 8420 



Application No.: 09/876,311 



Attorney Docket No: 7802-A08-002 



Filed: 



June 7, 2001 



Group Art Unit: 3693 



For: METHOD OF INCENTIVISING MEMBERS OF A Examiner: Martin A. Gottschalk 
DISEASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME TO 
COMPLY WITH THE PROGRAMME 



1 . (Currently amended) A method of incentivising members of a disease management 
programme to comply with the programme, the method comprising the steps of: 

defining a plurality of general programme areas and a plurality of specific programme 
areas, wherein the plurality of general programme areas are programme areas that if complied 
with are of benefit to a member stricken with any disease managed by the disease management 
programme and wherein the plurality of specific programme areas are programme areas that are 
determined to be of particular benefit to a member afflicted with some but not all of the diseases 
managed by the disease management programme; 

awarding points to a member for each of the general programme areas in which the member 
participates, the points being allocated to members based on a multi-level system, including: 

a first level, wherein the member is awarded points for merely taking part in a programme 

area, 

a second level, wherein the member is awarded a bonus set of points in addition to the 
points awarded in the first level in response to participating in all programme areas associated 
with a disease with which the member is afflicted, and 



PROPOSED CLAIM AMENDMENTS 



Applicant: Marice Ronan Goodman et al. 

Application No.: 09/876,31 1 
Examiner: Martin A. Gottschalk 

a third level, wherein the member is awarded points for attaining a minimum level for a 
measurable of a programme area associated with a disease with which the member is afflicted; 

defining a measurable within each of the general and specific programme areas so that a 
member's performance within said programme area can be ascertained; 

defining a minimum level for each measurable, which minimum level indicates a minimum 
required level of member performance within each of the programme areas; 

awarding points to a member for each of the specific programme areas in which the 
member participates, only if the member is afflicted with a disease to which the specific 
programme area in which the member participates has been determined to be of particular 
benefit and if the member obtains the minimum level of a measurable for a particular programme 
area ; 

calculating a total number of points awarded to the member[[,]]; and 
allocating a reward to the member if the total number of points awarded to the member 
accumulates to a predetermined amount of points. 

2. (Original) A method according to claim 1, wherein points are only awarded to the 
member if the member participates in all the programme areas which are associated with the 
disease or diseases with which the member is afflicted. 

3. (Original) A method according to claim 1, wherein additional points are awarded to the 
member if the member participates in all of the programme areas which are associated with the 
disease or diseases with which the member is afflicted. 



4. (Previously Presented) A method according to claim 1, wherein the general programme 
areas are some of diet, exercise, smoking and education. 



Applicant: Marice Ronan Goodman et al. 

Application No.: 09/876,31 1 
Examiner: Martin A. Gottschalk 

5. (Original) A method according to claim 1, wherein the specific programme areas are one 
or more of blood pressure, flow volume loop measurement, influenza vaccine, pneumococcal 
vaccine, cholesterol and long term glucose control. 

6-8. (Canceled) 

9. (Withdrawn-Currently amended) A method according to claim [[8]] 1 wherein, 
additional points are awarded to the member if they obtain the minimum level of a measurable 
for all of the programme areas which are associated with the disease with which the member is 
afflicted. 

10-13. (Cancelled) 

14. (Previously Presented) A method according to claim 1, wherein the amount of the 
reward is related to the amount of points accumulated by the member. 

15. (Previously Presented) A method according to claim 1, wherein the reward is a cash 
payout or special options on services. 

16. (Previously Presented) A method according to claim 15, wherein the services are one or 
more of airplane tickets, hotel accommodation and car rentals. 

17-27. (Canceled) 



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Gottschalk, Martin 

From: Paul Bianco [pbianco@fggbb.com] 

Sent: Monday, January 1 0, 201 1 1 :25 PM 

To: Gottschalk, Martin 

Subject: RE: US Patent Application No. 09/876,31 1 ; Attorney Docket No. 7802-A08-002 
Attachments: proposed claim amendments 201 1 01 1 0.doc 

Revised proposed claims are attached per our discussion, 

Paul Bianco 



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From: Gottschalk, Martin [mailto:Martin.Gottschalk@USPTO.GOV] 
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 12:05 PM 
To: Paul Bianco 

Subject: RE: US Patent Application No. 09/876,311; Attorney Docket No. 7802-A08-002 

i. In claim 1 , the first inputting step I would like to retain "defining," so 

inputting into the computer data pertaining to a definition of defining 
should read 

inputting into the computer definitions of 

i.e. "pertaining to " is too vague. 

II. Similarly, for the next inputting step (in bold): 

inputting into the computer a definition of a measurable within each of the general and 
specific programme areas so that a member's performance within said programme area can be 

ascertained; 

III. Add "minimum" as In bold below: 

inputting into the computer a minimum level for each measurable, which minimum level 
indicates a minimum required level of member performance within each of the programme areas; 

I think the 101 Issues are resolved, so if you could make these changes in your next reply, I think that 
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should be it. 
MG 



From: Paul Bianco [mailto:pbianco@fggbb.com] 
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 9:22 AM 
To: Gottschalk, Martin 

Subject: RE: US Patent Application No. 09/876,311; Attorney Docket No. 7802-A08-002 
Examiner Gottschalk- 

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, but I have only just received authorization to proceed. Attached is the proposed 
amendment to place this application in condition for allowance. Please do not hesitate to call me If you have any questions. 

Thank you for your assistance, 
Paul Bianco 



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From: Gottschalk, Martin [mailto:Martin.Gottschalk@USPTO.GOV] 
Sent: Sunday, January 09, 2011 7:41 AM 
To: Paul Bianco 

Subject: RE: US Patent Application No. 09/876,311; Attorney Docket No. 7802-A08-002 

How are things coming? 



From: Paul Bianco [mailto:pbianco@fggbb.com] 
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2010 1 :40 PM 
To: Paul Bianco; Gottschalk, Martin 
Cc: Dinah Fuentes 

Subject: RE: US Patent Application No. 09/876,311; Attorney Docket No. 7802-A08-002 

Dear Examiner Gottschalk- 

Further to our telephone conversation, attached Is revised proposed draft amendments. 

Thank you. 
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1/10/2011 



IN THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE 



Applicant(s): Marice Ronan Goodman et al. 



Confirmation No.: 8420 



Application No.: 09/876,311 



Attorney Docket No: 7802-A08-002 



Filed: 



June 7, 2001 



Group Art Unit: 3693 



For: METHOD OF INCENTIVISING MEMBERS OF A Examiner: Martin A. Gottschalk 
DISEASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME TO 
COMPLY WITH THE PROGRAMME 



1 . (Currently amended) A method of incentivising members of a disease management 
programme to comply with the programme, using a computer, the method comprising the steps 
of: 

inputting into the computer data pertaining to a definition of defining a plurality of general 
programme areas and a plurality of specific programme areas, wherein the plurality of general 
programme areas are programme areas that if complied with are of benefit to a member stricken 
with any disease managed by the disease management programme and wherein the plurality of 
specific programme areas are programme areas that are determined to be of particular benefit to 
a member afflicted with some but not all of the diseases managed by the disease management 
programme; 

calculating, using the computer, an award of awarding points to a member for each of the 
general programme areas in which the member participates, the points being allocated to 
members based on a multi- level system, including: 

a first level, wherein the member is awarded points for merely taking part in a programme 

area, 



PROPOSED CLAIM AMENDMENTS 



Applicant: Marice Ronan Goodman et al. 

Application No.: 09/876,31 1 
Examiner: Martin A. Gottschalk 

a second level, wherein the member is awarded a bonus set of points in addition to the 
points awarded in the first level in response to participating in all programme areas associated 
with a disease with which the member is afflicted, and 

a third level, wherein the member is awarded points for attaining a minimum level for a 
measurable of a programme area associated with a disease with which the member is afflicted; 

inputting into the computer a measurable within each of the general and specific 
programme areas so that a member's performance within said programme area can be 
ascertained; 

inputting into the computer a level for each measurable, which minimum level indicates a 
minimum required level of member performance within each of the programme areas; 

calculating, using the computer, an award of awarding points to a member for each of the 
specific programme areas in which the member participates, only if the member is afflicted with 
a disease to which the specific programme area in which the member participates has been 
determined to be of particular benefit and if the member obtains the minimum level of a 
measurable for a particular programme area ; 

calculating , using the computer, a total number of points awarded to the member[[,]]* and 

calculating, using the computer, an allocation of allocating a reward to the member if the 
total number of points awarded to the member accumulates to a predetermined amount of points. 

2. (Original) A method according to claim 1, wherein points are only awarded to the 
member if the member participates in all the programme areas which are associated with the 
disease or diseases with which the member is afflicted. 

3. (Original) A method according to claim 1, wherein additional points are awarded to the 
member if the member participates in all of the programme areas which are associated with the 
disease or diseases with which the member is afflicted. 



Applicant: Marice Ronan Goodman et al. 

Application No.: 09/876,31 1 
Examiner: Martin A. Gottschalk 

4. (Previously Presented) A method according to claim 1, wherein the general programme 
areas are some of diet, exercise, smoking and education. 

5. (Original) A method according to claim 1, wherein the specific programme areas are one 
or more of blood pressure, flow volume loop measurement, influenza vaccine, pneumococcal 
vaccine, cholesterol and long term glucose control. 

6-8. (Canceled) 

9. (Withdrawn-Currently amended) A method according to claim [[8]] 1 wherein, 
additional points are awarded to the member if they obtain the minimum level of a measurable 
for all of the programme areas which are associated with the disease with which the member is 
afflicted. 

10-13. (Cancelled) 

14. (Previously Presented) A method according to claim 1, wherein the amount of the 
reward is related to the amount of points accumulated by the member. 

15. (Previously Presented) A method according to claim 1, wherein the reward is a cash 
payout or special options on services. 

16. (Previously Presented) A method according to claim 15, wherein the services are one or 
more of airplane tickets, hotel accommodation and car rentals. 

17-27. (Canceled) 



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IN THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE 



Applicant(s): Marice Ronan Goodman et al. 



Confirmation No.: 8420 



Application No.: 09/876,311 



Attorney Docket No: 7802-A08-002 



Filed: 



June 7, 2001 



Group Art Unit: 3693 



For: METHOD OF INCENTIVISING MEMBERS OF A Examiner: Martin A. Gottschalk 
DISEASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME TO 
COMPLY WITH THE PROGRAMME 



1 . (Currently amended) A method of incentivising members of a disease management 
programme to comply with the programme, using a computer, the method comprising the steps 
of: 

inputting into the computer data definitions of defining a plurality of general programme 
areas and a plurality of specific programme areas, wherein the plurality of general programme 
areas are programme areas that if complied with are of benefit to a member stricken with any 
disease managed by the disease management programme and wherein the plurality of specific 
programme areas are programme areas that are determined to be of particular benefit to a 
member afflicted with some but not all of the diseases managed by the disease management 
programme; 

calculating, using the computer, an award of awarding points to a member for each of the 
general programme areas in which the member participates, the points being allocated to 
members based on a multi- level system, including: 

a first level, wherein the member is awarded points for merely taking part in a programme 

area, 



PROPOSED CLAIM AMENDMENTS 



Applicant: Marice Ronan Goodman et al. 

Application No.: 09/876,31 1 
Examiner: Martin A. Gottschalk 

a second level, wherein the member is awarded a bonus set of points in addition to the 
points awarded in the first level in response to participating in all programme areas associated 
with a disease with which the member is afflicted, and 

a third level, wherein the member is awarded points for attaining a minimum level for a 
measurable of a programme area associated with a disease with which the member is afflicted; 

inputting into the computer a definition of a measurable within each of the general and 
specific programme areas so that a member's performance within said programme area can be 
ascertained; 

inputting into the computer a minimum level for each measurable, which minimum level 
indicates a minimum required level of member performance within each of the programme areas; 

calculating, using the computer, an award of awarding points to a member for each of the 
specific programme areas in which the member participates, only if the member is afflicted with 
a disease to which the specific programme area in which the member participates has been 
determined to be of particular benefit and if the member obtains the minimum level of a 
measurable for a particular programme area ; 

calculating , using the computer, a total number of points awarded to the member[[,]]* and 

calculating, using the computer, an allocation of allocating a reward to the member if the 
total number of points awarded to the member accumulates to a predetermined amount of points. 

2. (Original) A method according to claim 1, wherein points are only awarded to the 
member if the member participates in all the programme areas which are associated with the 
disease or diseases with which the member is afflicted. 

3. (Original) A method according to claim 1, wherein additional points are awarded to the 
member if the member participates in all of the programme areas which are associated with the 
disease or diseases with which the member is afflicted. 



Applicant: Marice Ronan Goodman et al. 

Application No.: 09/876,31 1 
Examiner: Martin A. Gottschalk 

4. (Previously Presented) A method according to claim 1, wherein the general programme 
areas are some of diet, exercise, smoking and education. 

5. (Original) A method according to claim 1, wherein the specific programme areas are one 
or more of blood pressure, flow volume loop measurement, influenza vaccine, pneumococcal 
vaccine, cholesterol and long term glucose control. 

6-8. (Canceled) 

9. (Withdrawn-Currently amended) A method according to claim [[8]] 1 wherein, 
additional points are awarded to the member if they obtain the minimum level of a measurable 
for all of the programme areas which are associated with the disease with which the member is 
afflicted. 

10-13. (Cancelled) 

14. (Previously Presented) A method according to claim 1, wherein the amount of the 
reward is related to the amount of points accumulated by the member. 

15. (Previously Presented) A method according to claim 1, wherein the reward is a cash 
payout or special options on services. 

16. (Previously Presented) A method according to claim 15, wherein the services are one or 
more of airplane tickets, hotel accommodation and car rentals. 

17-27. (Canceled) 



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