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Slashdot I_am_Rambi writes "According to the US Patent office, patent #6,756,999 belongs to Microsoft. The patent this time is grouping taskbar icons processes. This is included in Windows XP, and ...
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    Microsoft Patents Grouped Taskbar Buttons


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    I_am_Rambi writes "According to the US Patent office, patent #6,756,999 belongs to Microsoft. The patent this time is grouping taskbar icons processes. This is included in Windows XP, and some prior art in X. Looks like it was accepted two days ago."


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    If it was used in X then that idea was released under GPL or related type of licensing.
    Then how can M$ get a patent on it...

    Duhhhh.

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    Well, let uncle Dolda explain how MS can get such a patent:

    The USPTO doesn't do prior art research anymore. They leave that for the courts when the patent is tried the first time. How do you think MS got the patent on double-clicking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolda2000
    Well, let uncle Dolda explain how MS can get such a patent:

    The USPTO doesn't do prior art research anymore. They leave that for the courts when the patent is tried the first time. How do you think MS got the patent on double-clicking?

    :-/
    So they can 'patent' anything and then it comes down to who's got most resources/lawyers/judges in their pocket?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolda2000
    Well, let uncle Dolda explain how MS can get such a patent:

    The USPTO doesn't do prior art research anymore. They leave that for the courts when the patent is tried the first time. How do you think MS got the patent on double-clicking?

    :-/
    And while I'm here this seems like a get rich quick scheme for lawyers. The patent lawyers prepare and submit these patents and then the patent lawyers argue the case with other patent lawyers should a dispute come to pass. And who cooked this scheme up in the first place? Lawyers!

    Hmm, never let accountants or lawyers work unless they have a gun trained on them.
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    Hmmm. then let us patent the bootup logo, the waving flag, the.... , the ....

    And then sue M$ ....



    oh, bootup logo was llready in use, before windows saw it birth light.
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    Well, I don't live in the US, but it sure seems that way to me. I mean, one would think that they would do at least a slight prior arts research, but considering some patents that are currently in effect, it makes me wonder...

    The worst thing is of course that the powers that be are trying to get this into the EU as well. Check out this link in particular:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolda2000
    How do you think MS got the patent on double-clicking?
    I wonder if they ever have heard of common sense (or "vanigt sunt bon' förnuft")? Do they let brain washed monkeys press the key "approve"? No human beein in their right mind would approve double clicking it's like patenting mastrubation - Most human (and some animals I think) does it, but not all (think: "leather portfolio, armani siut and a law suit") - wait, hold on a sec, I thougt of it first - it's my patent now! :evil-lol:
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    Having the very possibility to at all patent software is a complete disregard for common sense in the first place. Software and other abstractions were never meant to be patented in the first place - that's what copyright's for. I think the US government was lobbied into it in the 60's or 70's or so, and now the corporations are trying to get the EU to follow in their footsteps. The day that decision goes through, I'm moving to Asia...

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