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Do patents read like this in fields other than biology ?

“In special embodiments, the first RNA or the second RNA may be more than 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 or more than 100 nucleotides or base pairs in length. Alternatively or in addition thereto, the RNA, either the first RNA or second RNA or both, may be up to 3000, 2000, 1500, 1200, 1000, 900, 800, 700, 600, 500, 400, 300, 200, 100, 80, 70, 60 or up to 50 nucleotides or base pairs in length.”

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@charles_plessy I'm pretty sure software patents are written like this too. I think the strategy seems to be "Confuse the patent clerk".

If a patent clerk doesn't understand the application one of two things happens:
* Ask for help and admit you don't know how to do your job.
* Approve the application and hope no one notices you don't know how to do your job.