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Tangible: I like that
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, March 14 2013 @ 05:44 PM EDT

Definition of tangible:

    perceptible by touch
So a new challenge for those that want software patents:
    Please touch software or the results thereof!
Let me be clear on the challenge. You must touch the results. Not the computer monitor. Or a sheet of paper. Or the speakers. Or other computer peripherals.

But the actual results!

Of course - I'm assuming the Law holds the same definition of "tangible" as found in your standard dictionary.

I'd love to see someone touch the results of encryption applied against data. That would be quite the magic act to see.

RAS

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So.... you invented time travel to!
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, March 14 2013 @ 06:49 PM EDT

Scene: a Court room with a 3-Judge panel. Patent Party enters at 8:30 am and sets a computer chip on their table.

The court proceedings are brisk and engaging, stirring the attention of everyone before breaking for lunch.

Upon returning from lunch, the Patent Party is tasked with running a software application and touching the tangible results.

    PPL (Patent Party Lawyer): Your Honors, as you can see on the display screen, we are providing the software with certain information upon which it will perform it's task.
    J2 (Judge 2): And just what will this task be?
    PPL: We will show that the software can perform all the appropriate instructions of a computer chip.
    J1: And you plan on touching the tangible results, correct?
    PPL: That is correct your Honor.
    Processing executes listing the instructions in the computer chip, identifying the input value for the instruction along with the results. The application runs for 5 minutes and comes to a satisfacory halt.
    PPL: As you can see... there was plenty of good tangible results.
    J1: Could you please touch these tangible results?
    PPL: Absolutely!
    The Patent Party Lawyer reaches over and touches the computer chip on the table.
    J2: Perhaps I misunderstood, you were supposed to touch the tangible results of the application.
    PPL: That's right your honor, and I just did.
    J2: You expect us to believe that the execution of the application you just did resulted in the tangible results of the computer chip in front of you, on the table?
    PPL: That's correct your honor.
    J3: I get it. You've also invented time travel and will be using that at some point in the future to travel back in time in order to be able to place the computer chip on the table prior to even running the application!!!

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