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.
> 
> 

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