General. The following hypothetical examples teach this concept:
Hypothetical Example No. 1. James invents a scheme for selling hamburgers that involves the steps of building burger joints, cooking the burgers with solar radiation and giving every third burger away. The abstract idea of the scheme is not searched or examined but claims to his novel cooking apparatus are searched and examined.
Hypothetical Example No. 2. Sarah invents a method of selecting stock that maximizes its future value. The method is implemented in her head. The method is not searched or examined.
Hypothetical Example No. 3. Bessie invents a novel game that could also be an actual business. Claims to the game apparatus and to the method of using it are searched and examined but claims to practicing the game or business in the abstract are not searched or examined.
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