Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Feb 2012 23:40 UTC
Legal "We learned on January 31 that Barnes & Noble had suffered a major setback in a patent-infringement lawsuit filed against the company by Microsoft. That day, an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission had tossed out the company's key defense, that Microsoft was engaging in 'patent misuse' as part of a larger scheme to 'kill Android'. Today the full opinion has been made public." Microsoft's protection racket might be legal, but that doesn't make it moral. It's based on software patents, and is thus, by definition, morally reprehensible and sleazy.
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I hope that Apple wins the case with this patent. Just so I could point to the ridiculousness of the application and stupidity of USPTO employees. If anyone thinks that the current system is just fine, they should read this patent!

The more I read of this patent, the more I'm getting pissed off that it is indeed patentable. I just finished claim 8. There is nothing ground-breaking at all so far. All uses of 'portable electronic device' and 'touch screen display' are completely irrelevant sidebars that only serve to confuse patent approvers. Input is input whether through a touch interface, mouse, keyboard, temperature sensor, etc. A computer is a computer whether it be a portable electronic device (wtf is even the definition of 'portable'), desktop, laptop, netbook, gaming console, handheld gaming console, etc.

From what I've seen so far any object that implements, say, an IActuatable interface with a OnActuate method (or anything similar) and then performs the action that you would expect from said object, would be in violation of this patent.

For instance, the following code probably violates claim 2 of the patent and most likely I'd be labelled a no-good-dirty-IP-theif for daring to 'steal' from this oh-so-not-at-all-obvious-and-clearly-innovative claim (C#):

public interface IActuatable { void OnActuate(); }

public class EmailUIObject : UIObject, IActuatable
public string EmailAddress {get;set;}

// This is so brilliant it is patentable!
// The EmailUIObject, when actuated, will
// launch... wait for it... wait for it...
// an e-mail client! Shocked? So was I!
// I was so expected it to try to call the
// e-mail address or maybe make me copy
// and paste the e-mail address into a new,
// separately launched email client. This
// is right up there with 1-click as one of
// the most brilliant, non-obvious, and
// truly innovative (and therefore clearly
// patent worthy) ideas that I've ever seen.
public void OnActuate() { System.DefaultPrograms.EmailClient.Start( this.EmailAddress ); }

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