I came across an article stating that the co-founder of Molo rewards has sued Google for allegedly infringing US Patent No. 7,298,271(Link to the patent). On looking into the patent, it is clear that, the patent holder uses a RFID tag for reward points. Is it possible to get a patent for a scheme that uses existing technologies to satisfy one purpose ? If yes, under what category(like design) should I apply such a patent ?
Claim 1 of that patent:
A method of providing awards comprising:
(a) placing one or more electronic data storage elements containing directions to an award processing center at one or more locations;
(b) providing participants in an awards program with electronic data storage element readers;
(c) reading said directions to said award processing center from said electronic data storage element with said electronic data storage element reader;
(d) utilizing said directions to access said award processing center;
(e) identifying said participant; and
(f) providing an award to said participant.