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  • [Avatar for Pro Say]
    Pro Say
    November 3, 2020 12:08 pm

    “I don’t see why we had to cut R & D.”

    Because others would steal our inventions from us with impunity due to SCOTUS and the CAFC denying us the patent protection our Constitution and Congress guaranteed us.

  • [Avatar for Anon]
    November 3, 2020 06:07 pm

    For Pro Say’s comment to apply, the cartoon should have been a panel with a second panel showing the square wheel folks knocking over the circle wheel and taking their wagon. Maybe they could have a caption in which they are saying that “circles are just math, right?”

  • [Avatar for Pro Say]
    Pro Say
    November 4, 2020 11:06 am

    True dat Anon.

  • [Avatar for Paul Cole]
    Paul Cole
    November 6, 2020 02:07 pm

    It is not a complete solution, but octagonal wheels would probably be of great help to our two friends without risk of infringement. I think dodecagonal wheels would be too close to circular, but octagonal wheels would eliminate a lot of lifting effort and are still clearly polygonal and not circular.

    Unfortunately the round-wheeled barrow falls positively into the “machine” and “manufacture” categories, especially since it has a smooth forward motion eliminating the prior art rise and fall motion associated with polygonal wheels, and making the barrow easier to propel and control. The circular shape avoids the mere mathematical concept objection because the resulting barrow is a superior device, analogously to the molding press in Graham v John Deere.

  • [Avatar for Progress of Useful aRRRts]
    Progress of Useful aRRRts
    November 10, 2020 10:57 am

    Merely organizing human behavior.

  • [Avatar for Anon2]
    November 20, 2020 09:57 am

    Nah, not math or organizing human behavior. But it IS just a mental process, can be practically performed in the human mind, without integrating into a “practical” application.

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