The device mounted on the shoe includes a display to show time, caller ID information, temperature, and pulse rate, and such wearables are expected to provide functions not present in existing devices such as cellular phones, and personal digital assistants, according to the application.
The wearable device has features like calendar information, satellite navigation receiver, motion sensing unit, camera, vibrator, temperature sensor, humidity sensor and air pressure sensor, among others.
One of the objections raised by the patent office was that the claims lack inventive step as required under the Indian Patent Act, as the claims of the apparel being used as personal devices to transmit data and display them on a personal device, was already known as per the available documents. The claims relating to transmitting and receiving calls on a portable device worn the wrist are also known. There has also been lack of proper specification and disclosure as required by the Act, the patents office said. In the order, the assistant controller of patents and designs, said that the specification should “disclose the best method of performing the invention”, for which the applicant can claim protection.
The description should be sufficient to enable a person “possessing average skill and average knowledge” to work the invention and obtain the results claimed for the invention, the order read.
“Still the invention and its operation or use and the method by which it is to be performed is not fully and particularly described in the complete specification,” the assistant controller held.
has been developing its own wearable ecosystem with Wear OS, which is used in smart watches for fitness tracking, messaging, among other things. According to reports, Google
acquired wearables maker Fitbit for $2.1 billion late last year, with plans to expand its wearables offerings and “invest even more” on Wear OS.
Last year, there were reports that Verily Life Sciences, part of Google’s parent Alphabet, was working on health-tracking shoes to measure the movement and weight of users. It has also showcased a prototype with sensors attached to monitor the movement of the person wearing the shoes, offering a wide range of uses for them.