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Only Technological Processes Are Patentable

By Pamela Samuelson

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 53 No. 3, Pages 25-27

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The U.S. Supreme Court will narrow the universe of process innovations that can be patented to those that are "technological," but what will that mean for software?

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Apperson Johnson

What is claimed:

A method for causing a physical transformation with a concrete result in the brain of a Supreme Court Justice consisting of:
(a) a sentence that informs the justice that all mental activities have concrete, tangible results;
(b) a series of FMRI images that provide evidence for the said sentence;
(c) at least one electro-physiological brain assay comparing SCJ before and after reading this claim;
wherein the said SCJ comes to their senses just in time to support useful innovative arts, regardless of the physical manifestation of said arts

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