Some years ago a U.S. judge ruled that "business methods" could be patented, 
perhaps he wanted to create a legacy for himself, anyway then he kicked the 
bucket. Rulings and case law have proliferated since then. (Testing out a new 
legal principle on that old "case-by-case" basis, ka-ching, ka-ching.) Congress 
still hasn't cleaned the mess up. 

So, if business methods can be patented, then why not "intellectual methods"? 
That's an even more terrible idea. Maybe I should patent or copyright it in 
order to prevent anybody from carrying it out.

Of course Penrose in Britain was granted a copyright (which I hear has expired) 
for the concept of the Penrose Tile -- the ability to create an acyclic pattern 
using only two tiles. He started proceedings against somebody for that (they 
settled out of court).

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Johnathan Corgan" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Cc: <>
Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2005 2:01 PM
Subject: Re: ROSS MODEL OF THE UNIVERSE - The Simplest Yet Theory of Everything

ohn M wrote:

> 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.

The patent process is designed to provide an inventor with certain legal
rights regarding the use of his invention by others.

To attempt to patent a scientific theory (regardless of its scientific
merits or lack thereof) in the guise of a "model process" is both
frivolous and bizarre.  I am at a loss to understand the motivations of
the original poster in doing this.

On the other hand, I did not intend to "shut down" discussion of the
actual hypotheses presented.


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