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I still have major conceptual issues concerning the legitimacy of granting patents for business methods or software. One of the tests is the "machine-or-transformation test". Well you can have several independently developed "machines" that do the same thing. Also "machines" are normally considered to be something that is bought from a vendor who may have developed the "machine". So if you independently develop a "machine" that is not acquired from a vendor I fail to understand how anyone can consider that to be patent infringement.

Example, most cars have a starter motor. Starter motors are made by a variety of companies. One company should not hold a patent on the concept of the starter motor and be able to exclude all other manufacturers from the starter motor market.

Anyway for your eating pleasure: Crow Buster Recipes I'm surprised also that Stevens was evidently "out-voted".

Justin:

I think you are incorrect that the "Patent Bar must be breathing a sigh of relief." There were many within the "patent bar" who thought elimination of business method patents would have been beneficial to business as well as to society.

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