The delay in processing the form had not, in this case, proven detrimental to the patent process.
Think about it this way: All the technology accumulated from the dawn of time to today has given us a certain amount of processing power.
In this way, you are processing aurally, which is much slower but more focused than silent reading.
When the cost of recording all the data is zero, the cost of processing it is zero, and the cost of accessing it zero, then the many sciences, especially human health, will be democratized.
Any time you can move data processing from intellects to CPUs, you get vast improvements in efficiency.
Today they had conversed via a word processing program.
I mean no disrespect to the accomplishments of science when I note how they've been slowed by our limitations in processing data.