Jonathan, you brought up old memories... Seriously: there are countries where a patent can be granted only if a working model can be produced (this is against the perpetuum mobile deluge of patents). It may be valid for a TOE as well. Less seriously: I worked with the Hungarian Patent Office (right after WWII) which was extremely accurate on the international patent law contracts. An old (and disgusted) boss said to us (infringement hunters): "do a good job, because nobody invents anything, people just don't read the literature". The best applications I ran across: 1. coffin with a window (so the dead person can look out) 2. Space saver nightpot with the handle inside. No infringements found on either. Working model OK. * You might add some from the 'serious' sciences,,, like eg. the bootstrap theory etc.
Have a good day John Mikes PS just for the record: there was also a criterion for practicality, but that is beyond the joke. --- Johnathan Corgan <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > John Ross wrote: > > > My April 18, 2005 version of my Theory of > Everything has recently been > > published as a patent application. You can view > it at the United States > > Patent Office web site by going to www.uspto.gov . > Click "search" then > > click "Published Number Search" under Published > Applications. Then type > > in my Patent Application Number: "20050182607". > > Is it April 1st yet? No? How unfortunate--I wonder > how often the USPTO > has to deal with sort of thing. > >