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1) User A sends a message to User B.
2) If User B does not open the message, then nothing happens after that.
3) If User B does open the message, then User A pays the app an amount in dollars.
  1. As specified above, would this be enough to obtain a patent for the payment system of a messaging app?
  2. If not, could you add the implementation details you think it would need to pass?

EDITED: let's assume for simplicity sake that this is a novel invention.

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  • Most likely such thin recitations would run into abstract idea problems. But before even getting there, what statutory class would this be in? For example, is it a machine or a process? If a process, is the process being carried out by A, B, or some intermediary party? For 2) how can we be sure that B doesn't open the message (eventually), and how would the "nothing happens after that" be implemented? I'd say it's best to cut 2) and make 3) something like "in response to user B opening the message for the first time, ...". But it would still be very far from passing abstract idea.
    – bhuff36
    Commented Apr 8 at 12:55

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