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No you are missing the point
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, July 20 2012 @ 11:51 AM EDT
1. Wood had been around for a few years. (prior art)
2. Burlap had been around for a few years. (prior art)
3. Pulleys had been around for a few years. (prior art)
4. Rope had been around for a few years. (prior art)
5. Birds had been flying for a few years. (prior art)

Inventions are more than the sum of their parts.

Every invention is made of known components. Most inventions are made up of
known components being used as they were intend (in the abstract). The Wright
flyer is an example of such. The wood was used for structural support. The
burlap was used as a covering and to catch the air (as in a sail). The rope and
pulleys were used to pull things.

It is the new arrangement or combination of known components (where components
includes both hardware and/or steps or a series of steps) wherein the invention
lies.

New software plus old machine = new machine or at least improved machine.

New machines and improved machines are both patentable. Sorry.

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