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Whilst a provisional specification can be published uninspected, a full patent will be refused if it contradicts the known laws of physics.You can get a patent granted, with resonable scrutiny from the office but it may not sand up in court, the patents may be augmented to achieve status and thus render themselves useless. Have you ever wondered how a patented product is so readily copied ?I always wondered about dysons patents, he himself liked to brag how he saw centrifugal seperators on vacuum extractors at saw mills
This is generally regarded as preventing patents for perpetual motion machines, but it might be considered unnecessarily restrictive if the inventor wanted to exploit a discovered but unpublished anomaly such as hole conduction or relativistic time dilation. In such a case the obsolete US requirement of a working model would lead to a patent even if the examiner couldn't understand how it worked, but the modern test of "sufficient detail for a person skilled in the art to replicate the invention" might fail it on the "known physics" grounds simply because the examiner thought he understood why it wouldn't work!
A digression, but fun to debate.