We are spending our Saturday morning listening to US case law updates and frightening stuff about ethical codes. Plus there is a debate about how to solve the ineligible subject matter problem. AIPLA’s special Ineligible Subject Matter Task Force (da-da-da-DA!) – which is also manned by people who never sleep – has come up with some suggestions. Most of the suggestions involve adding loads more words to the existing statute, along with a scattering of double negatives to help the new words make sense. I don’t know exactly how US legislation works, but I don’t not suggest, subject to the aforementioned, that this approach may not necessarily make life simpler.
There was also a suggestion to make the US laws on patentability similar to those of the EPC. This was of course rejected out of hand, for being unnatural.
24 October 2015, 3 pm
And then it is time to head back to the airport, because (yay!) I am to be allowed to return home to the family now that I have done all the breakfast meetings and dessert receptions and networking events I was supposed to.
Because the EyePeePee has Airmiles (which is not a medical condition, as I believe I may have said before), I get to follow her into the Executive Lounge at the airport. I pretend to be her lady-in-waiting. The people who are already in the Executive Lounge eye me suspiciously. They can tell I don’t have Airmiles myself. People with Airmiles can fit a week’s worth of smart business attire and electronic devices into a cabin-sized wheel-around Gucci® suitcase that James Bond would be proud of. They swan in and out of Executive Lounges looking fresh as daisies, being offered champagne while they power-check their emails using the complimentary Executive Wifi.
In particular, people with Airmiles don’t leave their laptops behind at Security, and have to scurry back across the airport with a grubby rucksack on their backs, shedding bits of the Andes behind them, to retrieve it. People with Airmiles don’t scurry. I have been found out again.