Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Jul 2007 09:53 UTC, submitted by drfelip
Graphics, User Interfaces "An interesting patent application recently filed by Microsoft may offer a glimpse at the future of the Windows interface. The patent describes a 'method for managing windows in a display' that seems to describe a method of task switching that is neither Taskbar nor Expose, but something in between." It reminds me of a feature called 'iconify', where you can minimise windows into an icon on the desktop (as CDE has, for instance), a feature I miss in most modern desktop environments.
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by prymitive on Tue 17th Jul 2007 10:48 UTC in reply to "KDE4"
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It makes me wonder if all MS patents claims that we hear about when linux distro signs a deal with MS are build on such patents, what if MS will get this patent before KDE team will release KDE4 and those extenders will be very similar to MS interface? Will they have a valid reason to sue KDE?

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RE[2]: KDE4
by eMPee584 on Tue 17th Jul 2007 11:34 in reply to "RE: KDE4"
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No they will not, every line of code in a public source repository counts as published, even if it's not in the main branch. And fortunately those revision control systems are really good at tracking which code went in at what time.
I know the US patent system is a bit fscked up, but that seems to be mainly because applications don't get checked for validity of its claims properly. No patents can be filed on previously published concepts, so this and many many other stuff already realized in some window manager or the other cannot be claimed as invention by Microsoft - they simply didn't come up with it first. Now the responsibility is with the patent agencies to dismiss their intellectual property claims as invalid. In either case, people WILL switch. How is anyone (including US patent system or the DMCA) gonna stop them?

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RE[3]: KDE4
by prymitive on Tue 17th Jul 2007 11:39 in reply to "RE[2]: KDE4"
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That's good to hear, but will it also stop MS from spreading the news that another patent they own was stolen by "linux" ?

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