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Michael Jackson: Method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion
Bilski at the BPAI - What a Mess (Part 1)
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| Claim: (Ex Parte Borenstein) A method for providing catalog information for
| presentation to a user of a store in an electronic commerce system,
| comprising the steps of . . .
| BPAI: while the storage of information in independent claim 1 could arguably
| be done as a mental process, the recitation of a structured relationship
| between multiple stores that requires “path information” inherently implies
| that this information must be stored on a computer or database.
| This “particular” computer or database is sufficient structure to meet the
| machine prong of the machine-or-transformation test of In re Bilski. As
| independent claim 15 recites a computer program product, it is not a method
| claim that must be analyzed under In re Bilski.
Has the US patent system gone too far?
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| When Samuel Hopkins came up with a method for improving the production of
| potash, it was probably just the kind of invention that President George
| Washington had in mind when he created the US patent system. Hopkins, who in
| 1790 received the first American patent ever issued, had discovered a way to
| increase the production of a critical resource used to make glass, soap, and
| soil fertilizer.
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