In re Johnston (502 F.2d 765, 1974 Sep 19)

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[BUSINESS] {1} With regard to the rejection under Section 101, we cannot agree with the board that the apparatus of the appealed claims is not within the "technological arts". Record-keeping machine systems are clearly within the "technological arts". Such machine systems, which comprise programmed digital computers, are statutory subject matter under the provisions of Section 101, and "claims defining them must be judged for patentability in light of the prior art." In re Bernhart, supra. Furthermore, we are not aware of, nor can we locate, any dictionary which would define a machine system as within the purview of the "liberal arts."


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