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09/02/2008 01:40:13 PM · #1
This caught my interest in a mailing today...


Microsoft patents 'Page Up' and 'Page Down'


What the heck is wrong with the patent office. This is a ridiculous patent, as far as I can see. And doing a search led me to the following article about a supreme court ruling, yet we have this madness.
09/02/2008 01:52:00 PM · #2
Gee, I was expecting this to link to an article like this at BBspot -- I forsee large profits ahead for corporate attorneys ...

On a side note, I was intrigued by this line near the end of the legal review article:
"The bill would streamline the patent appeal process while switching the US patent system from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system."

I thought that we had a first-to-file system -- and that it was the basis of our having the "Bell Telephone System," where A.G. Bell got to the patent office a few hours before his rival inventor ...

Message edited by author 2008-09-02 13:58:30.
09/02/2008 02:34:42 PM · #3
The current patent system is no longer a means for inventors to protect their intellectual property. I t has become a means for large corporations to destroy the competition and for others to simply make money from lawsuits and licensing fees off of the resulting FUD. (The recent case of SCO versus EverybodyexceptMicrosoft)
09/02/2008 03:03:39 PM · #4
Anyone have a patent on the shift key yet?
09/02/2008 03:05:42 PM · #5
BRB, submitting my patent for the "any" key

09/02/2008 03:21:12 PM · #6
I've patented an optical device that records still images.
09/02/2008 03:39:21 PM · #7
Originally posted by yospiff:

I've patented an optical device that records still images.


It'll never catch on.
09/02/2008 04:42:12 PM · #8
Just filed my patent for the @ key.. now everytime an email is sent I want a payout.
09/02/2008 05:12:53 PM · #9
"Microsoft has a long history of applying for, and being granted patents for, inventions that many argue--and can sometimes demonstrate--were based on earlier work carried out by others, or based on a common, self-evident idea.

One example is the company's patent on a mouse wheel that can scroll up and down"

Dang! I scrolled down this page with my wheel mouse and a subpoena showed up from MS.
09/02/2008 05:14:03 PM · #10
Evey day something stupid happens in that place... sure - have at it with page up and down.... I will use them anyway and not pay a damn thing to M$. Everyone above owes me for the letter "e"... just the lower case one mind, I don't own the patient on the uppercase :-/
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