Posted May 20, 2004 22:14 UTC (Thu) by eru
Parent article: Stupid patent tricks
The description in the article immediately made me think of mobile phones and Microsoft's ambitions (not yet too succesful) to become a big player in mobile phone software. These are limited size devices compared to PCs, so getting many functions under one button is implemented in some way in all of them. I think this is the actual field of application where MS might try to assert the patent, not ordinary PC software. I also think it likely that some phone model or other would contain prior art for this rather obvious idea.
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