USPTO: TV + IM = Microsoft Patent
from the how-is-this-non-obvious-to-those-skilled-in-the-art? dept
theodp writes "From the patent issued Tuesday to Microsoft for its 'invention,' Multimode interactive television chat: 'the television content being displayed is a show and the Internet content is chat from a chat room corresponding to the television show.'" This is yet another in a long line of patents that are simply about combining two obvious things (like "wireless" and "email").