Our Concept of “Intellectual Property” Is Seriously Broken, Exhibit A   3 comments

ZDnet reports that Microsoft’s patent application has been approved as U.S. patent 7,415,666.  We’ll pause for the inevitable joke about numerology and Bill’s relationship with the netherworld.

The patent in question?  “A method and system in a document viewer for scrolling a substantially exact increment in a document, such as one page, regardless of whether the zoom is such that some, all or one page is currently being viewed”.

In other words, Microsoft has patented “Page Up” and “Page Down”, a “method and system” for which has existed since I first started playing around with computers over thirty years ago.

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Posted October 13, 2008 by padraic2112 in news, software

3 responses to “Our Concept of “Intellectual Property” Is Seriously Broken, Exhibit A

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  1. Yeah…he stole the Basic language too…

  2. Now, now, in all fairness… Bill can be accused of a lot of nefarious shenanigans, but in order to “steal” anything it has to actually be “worth” something to begin with…

  3. Pingback: Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 - Best Day « Pat’s Daily Grind

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