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    Microsoft patents Double-Click

    Microsoft has been granted a patent on the double-click by the US Patents and Trademark Office. The patent, number 6,727,830, was granted on April 27.

    An abstract of the application says: "A method and system are provided for extending the functionality of application buttons on a limited resource computing device. Alternative application functions are launched based on the length of time an application button is pressed. A default function for an application is launched if the button is pressed for a short, i.e., normal, period of time.

    "An alternative function of the application is launched if the button is pressed for a long, (e.g., at least one second), period of time. Still another function can be launched if the application button is pressed multiple times within a short period of time, e.g., double click."

    The inventors have been cited as Charlton E. Lui and Jeffrey R. Blum and the assignee is Microsoft Corporation.

    The field of the invention "relates generally to computer systems, and more particularly to increasing the functionality of application buttons on a limited resource computing device", the patent application says.

    Microsoft said last year that it would be seeking to improve earnings from technology which it claims it invented and would be using its patent portfolio to do so.

    Last year, the company said it would be charging for use of the FAT filesystem.

    The New York-based Public Patent Foundation has filed a formal request with the US Patent and Trademark Office, asking that Microsoft's patent on this filesystem be revoked.

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    The US software patent system needs a dramatic overhaul.

    For example McAfee has just been granted a patent for anti-spam, compound filters, paragraph hashing, and Bayes rules in which Bayesian filters are the basis of many anti-spam filters.

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    Thats it, I am going to go out an patent the letter "a"
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    well I'll patent the click sound!
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    You can copyright a sound and even a color :-)
    The Kodak case for their film box established that one, I believe.

    Thanks for the new Brad. I hadn't heard that.
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    That is so stupid! I'm sorry, but I just don't see how they're planning on enforcing that one.

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    I'll patent "shut down" and sue Microsoft
    I'm gonna patent "1 gb" and sue google.

    lol. what trash

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    Originally posted by GameDose

    lol. what trash
    Yeah, which is why most of these never go through
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    whoa this is insane! How does something like this even get granted?!?

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    Indians discovered the value of Zero. I am going to petition the President of India to patent the zero and then we can catch Microsoft by its b-lls

    LOL

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    Im gonna patent silence ...

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    Im gonna patent the butterfly so that MSN cant use it as their logo


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    I'm going to trademark the phrase "crappy operating system" and then sue microsoft because it's windows product infringes on my trademark.

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Apple's first GUI computer (the Apple Lisa) utilize the double-click in its interface?

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    I'm going to patent patents .
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    Originally posted by N9ne
    I'm going to patent patents .
    That is very good idea.

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    Originally posted by N9ne
    I'm going to patent patents .
    lol, that's indeed a good idea.
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    hay...

    is WHT patent yet :|
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    Its the same thing as apple patenting the translucent windows, there were people that did it before apple but they've just done it anyways.

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    Originally posted by azizny
    hay...

    is WHT patent yet :|


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    Originally posted by azizny
    hay...

    is WHT patent yet :|
    I'll go do that now...
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    im going to patent the air, so you all better stop breathing! or im gonna sue the world
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    Too bad DoubleClick has been Trademark by DoubleClick, Inc. I smell a lawsuit coming up.

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    Originally posted by Joshua
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Apple's first GUI computer (the Apple Lisa) utilize the double-click in its interface?

    -Josh
    Yes it did. As did the GEOS (Graphic Environment Operating System) that was used on the Commodore Computers.

    Long before Windows was even a twinkle in MS's eye.
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    Who cares, I single-click nowadays.

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    I hope Google would not patent 1gigmail.com, as i already registered it.
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    I'm going to patent bus fares... All of the transit industry will have to pay me!
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    Hmm...

    Wonder how licensing would work? Pay per double click?

    Anyways, has anyone registered single or triple click?
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    Originally posted by Jeffreyw
    I hope Google would not patent 1gigmail.com, as i already registered it.
    That's a good name. Way to go!
    Don't worry about patent problems. Can't patent a name.

    You do need to establish "first use", though and (tm) it, if you really care.

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    Originally posted by N9ne
    I'm going to patent patents .
    Actually, it's 1/2 a good idea...
    There's a little thing called "prior art" in your way. lol


    BUT..

    If you developed a business process for a GOOD patent process, that would probably be protectable... and it certainly would be NOVEL !!

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    I am going to patent women.


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    Originally posted by hycloud
    Too bad DoubleClick has been Trademark by DoubleClick, Inc. I smell a lawsuit coming up.
    Patents and trademarks work in different ways

    Trademarks apply to certain classes and include words, phrases, logos, etc

    Patents are a protection on and idea. Patents aren't a bad thing but only if they are granted for truely great things. Patenting simple computer operations for which we all depend or in which programmers could reasonably expect to program themselves without knowing of another implementation shouldn't be able to be patented.

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    Originally posted by Rich2k
    Patents and trademarks work in different ways

    Trademarks apply to certain classes and include words, phrases, logos, etc

    Patents are a protection on and idea. Patents aren't a bad thing but only if they are granted for truely great things. Patenting simple computer operations for which we all depend or in which programmers could reasonably expect to program themselves without knowing of another implementation shouldn't be able to be patented.
    I know the difference between trademark and patents, but thanks.

    I was just joking over the whole Microsoft thing. Remember Microsoft saying they copyrighted Windows so software can't have a word that ends with "indows" such as Lindows.

    Also the whole MiKeRoweSoft.com thing was funny too.

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    Originally posted by hycloud
    I know the difference between trademark and patents, but thanks.

    I was just joking over the whole Microsoft thing. Remember Microsoft saying they copyrighted Windows so software can't have a word that ends with "indows" such as Lindows.

    Also the whole MiKeRoweSoft.com thing was funny too.
    The Windows thing wasn't quite like that.

    Microsoft's arguement was that by calling the software Lindows they were delibrately trying to pass off and confuse people that it was in fact Windows. As the trademark windows applies to computer operating systems then I don't really see the problem, I mean you must admit there can't be many other reasons for naming it Lindows!

    Whilst you or I wouldn't make the mistake of believing Lindows to being Windows I bet there is a sizable chunk of people out there that would be confused.... these are the same people that don't understand terms of 'desktop' and 'right click'

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    Oh my. This was a good laugh, thanks guys!

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    The patent office should give Microsoft an honorary patent on "CTRL-ALT-DELETE - a method and process whereby computer users can attempt to recover their valuable work on unstable operating systems"

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    Originally posted by sightz
    The patent office should give Microsoft an honorary patent on "CTRL-ALT-DELETE - a method and process whereby computer users can attempt to recover their valuable work on unstable operating systems"


    Im gonna patent Bootsectors "A 512 byte application that is run when a computer is first started to load an operating systen"

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    Patents have gotten out of hand already. Isn't double-click a common action that everyone on a PC uses?

    I smell trouble ahead... for Microsoft

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    Typical microsoft, have to have something over linux.

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