The invention is a difference engine, a new type of computer that produces a very specific output. The rules governing the difference engine are entirely novel, as is the output.
But the implementation (and monetization) of this ninvention would be as a virtual computer, running on existing chips, as opposed to requiring custom hardware, and running on top of existing operating systems.
- Would such an invention be patent eligible?
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