Courtesy of Clive I was pointed at this patent which at first glance looks to be as obscure and impenetrable as one has grown to expect from a system which was meant to be for patently clear descriptions.

However, check out claim 9, as Clive said on IRC, for the patent attorney to include it in the first place is cunning; for the inventor to miss it is careless and embarassing for them; but for the attorney to leave it in when filing is just broken. However the clincher is that for the patent clerk to have passed this just indicates how little care is taken and how one can probably get just anything patented if it’s hidden in the midst of a load of legalese.

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