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News Microsoft gains double-clicking patent

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by GreatOldOne, 4 Jun 2004.

  1. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    I'm speechless. :duh:

    I'll let this New Scientist article do the talking:

    Microsoft has successfully patented using short, long or double clicks to launch different applications on "limited resource computing devices" - presumably PDAs and mobile phones. The US patent was granted on 27 April.

    Now any US company using a variety of clicks to launch different software functions from the same button will have to change their product, pay licensing fees to Microsoft or give Microsoft access to its intellectual property in return.

    British company Symbian, which makes operating systems for mobile phones that employ double clicks and has offices in the US could be affected, as could PalmOne in California, which supplies PDA software.

    Several activists who oppose software patents say that Microsoft's patent is not a "sensible use" of the patenting system because the idea of the long, short and double clicks is neither novel or non-obvious.

    Both the US and the UK use these criteria to decide whether or not to grant patents. "It is almost beyond parody that Microsoft has been able to do this," says Ian Brown of the Foundation for Information Policy Research in London, UK.


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  2. DeX

    DeX Mube Codder

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    Surley they have limits on what you can and can't patent. If it's unlikley that someone else would never have thought of it, or if granting the patent would cause a huge hassle to everyone using the idea, it shouldn't be allowed...
     
  3. taliban_raider

    taliban_raider Just some guy; you know

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    Here we go again..... :wallbash:
     
  4. sadffffff

    sadffffff Minimodder

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    OH. MY. GOD!!!!! this is truely insane

    i cant think of words so: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHGHH!!!!
     
  5. [cibyr]

    [cibyr] Sometimes posts here

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    surely it can be argued that it wasn't their idea? I mean, I can hold down the power button on my 3315 to turn it off as opposed to a short press which brings up a menu. It *sort* of makes a clicking noise, and it could count as a "limited resourse computing device". And the menu or the turning off could be considered applications.

    So there you go, MS's laywers must've been pretty damm bored.
     
  6. Piratetaco

    Piratetaco is always right

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    does M$ stupidity have limits?
     
  7. Atomic

    Atomic Gerwaff

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    This better get rejected cos its certainly gonna play havoc with the mobile devices market.

    :hehe:
     
  8. Almightyrastus

    Almightyrastus On the jazz.

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    I'm going to try and patent taking long and short (and even double) sips when drinking beer. I am sure nobody has done any of those things before yet and I might be able to make lots and lots of money out of it too :rolleyes:
     
  9. DeathAwaitsU

    DeathAwaitsU I'm Back :D

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    This is crazy :lol: Can you imagine if they tried to start charging us for every double click we do cuz its patented by them?

    Thats, 10p ooo theres another 10p (or whatever they would try and charge), then you fire up UT2004 :D 10,20,30.... oooo theres £1, now £2 :lol: alot of us would be in serious debt :hehe:

    Death
     
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  10. fathazza

    fathazza Freed on Probation

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    /me patents the single click

    seriously this is rank,

    /me looks for thumbs down smilie :miffed:

    Here you go: [​IMG]
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  11. Piratetaco

    Piratetaco is always right

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    ok how much do i have to pay you to have a pint?
     
  12. Darth Joules

    Darth Joules Minimodder

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    What the hell have the M$ lawyers been snorting?! :eeek:

    This can't be for real!! :grr:
     
  13. RPC_Student

    RPC_Student Banned

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    software patenting must stop, no small software company can possibly exist with this madness. Anyone with any clear understanding computers would have stopped this, clearly the judicial systems all over the world must be populated by computer-iliterate idiots.

    Look at my sig - I think it says it all
     
  14. Darth Joules

    Darth Joules Minimodder

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    <puts tongue firmly into cheek>

    I vote for patenting the castration of idiotic/greedy lawyers that get these daft/looney patents through. Particularly when the said "item" is clearly in the public domain. I'll be rich!!!! :D

    And I thought Antec's attempt to patent the LED fan was bonkers! :eyebrow:
     
  15. Trekari

    Trekari What's a Dremel?

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    So...hehe.

    When the Patent Office double-clicked the "Yes" box to grant the patent, did they realize that their software is now illegal unless it was made by microsoft ?

    Stupid *#$*# CEO and lawyer idiots at M$ can all die for all I care.
     
  16. Megavolt

    Megavolt What's a Dremel?

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    Could a "limited resource computing devices" be interpreted as an old desktop, laptop, server, or any computer system not configured to max capacity? At least the overclockers would be safe from this interpretation.
     
  17. inzane86

    inzane86 engineer with an axe

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    I just can't belive it :duh:

    This calls for some real life Kill Bill... :wallbash:
     
  18. mattg2k4

    mattg2k4 What's a Dremel?

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    What is with the US patent office? It seems like they'll issue patents to just about anything.
     
  19. RPC_Student

    RPC_Student Banned

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    hehe.... patent the act of applying for a patent :p
     
  20. Almightyrastus

    Almightyrastus On the jazz.

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    Not going to get greedy 1337, just a couple of pence here and there, plenty of pints going round :D
     
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