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Perhaps you could issolate down to the one
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, July 13 2012 @ 06:02 PM EDT

You know... the one that does the equivalent of patenting the process:

    to send a book through a printer
I identify that process as just an example. It could be anything. A menu, a resume, an office memo... whatever.

Just as an example, the first one is 8009308:

A system and method is provided for ganging print orders to be printed on a press based on a set of print attributes, wherein associated digital files of the print orders are ganged together in one file location to generate a gang ticket in a database for the ganged print order, and displaying the gang ticket.
As you can see... it's much more then just the process of "printing a letter". It's a process - at the very least - of grouping multiple things in a particular location and producing results to the handling of that "gang".

Since my original example spoke directly to the process of:

    enter 1 + 1 = into a calculator to get the result
your example patent must be just as basic. Something like:
    Send document to print to receive a hard copy of the document
Please keep in mind: It's not the printer that my example speaks to. I offer zero dispute that the printer - when it was invented - could be considered as a patentable invention. The focus is on the simple process of printing a document.

So yes, I have no doubt there are some 70,000 patents that involve printing. How many of them should have been granted is a different question. The specific question was "printer doing something". To be fair, I wasn't as explicitly detailed as I could have been. "something" is pretty widely interpreted. But then I did have the context of:

    the process of "enter 1 + 1 = " into a calculator to get a result
and the context of:
    applying a patent on that printing you did
So I think it's reasonable to conclude you knew what I was asking for.

So... please identify a single patent that has been granted for:

    the process of "using a printer to print a recipe and get a hardcopy"

RAS

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