Of troubling distinctions

Posted by Anton Hughes on Thursday, December 08, 2005 with No comments
There are a number of terms used in the software & business method patent cases which at first seem reasonable, but on closer inspection are a bit of a mirage.

For example, "useful, concrete and tangible result" (from State Street Bank). Seems like a sensible requirement. But what exactly does this mean. What does it relate to? Is it really any sort of limitation at all, when interpreted in such a broad manner as to require any physical manifestation at all?
Similarly "artificially created state of affairs", "merely intellectual information"