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Patents Gone Wild

May 19, 2010 7:00:58.451

I see that Microsoft is suing Salesforce - get a load out of two of the supposed infringements:

The patents cover a variety of back-end and user interface features, ranging from one covering a "system and method for providing and displaying a Web page having an embedded menu" to another that covers a "method and system for stacking toolbars in a computer display."

The real question in cases like this is simple: what complete idiot at the US PTO granted those patents? I think it's high time that the entire concept of software patents just went away. Their only use seems to be as weapons.

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