In re Patton (127 F.2d 324, 1942 June 12)

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[NOVEL] {1} In this connection it is sufficient to say that a system of transacting business, apart from the means for carrying out such system, is not within the purview of section 4886, supra, nor is an abstract idea or theory, regardless of its importance or the ingenuity with which it was conceived, apart from the means for carrying such idea or theory into effect, patentable subject matter. ... We have given careful consideration to the arguments presented here by appellant, but are unable to hold that the appealed claims define patentable subject matter over the references of record.


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