Microsoft Granted 1-Click Pausing Patent
from the because-we-needed-more-clicking-patents dept
theodp writes "Christmas has come early to Microsoft. After a 12-year battle with the USPTO, the software giant has been granted a patent for Pausing television programming in response to selection of hypertext link, an invention which 'enables a viewer to arbitrarily pause a television program, access a computer network such as Internet, explore the content available at the viewer's leisure and then resume viewing the program at any time without missing any of it.' Handling the patent for Microsoft was Rick D. Nydegger, Chair of the USPTO's Patent Public Advisory Committee." It would seem like this is the sort of thing that Tim Lee was just talking about. It's a software patent on an idea so obvious that most people wouldn't even bother thinking about it. If you're going to include an interactive functionality within a video where someone would click on something, of course you'd want to pause the video playback when someone clicked.