The Noisy Operating System Has Been Patented by Microsoft
from the turn-your-damn-OS-down! dept
theodp writes “Ever wish pond-like ripples could emanate from your emailbox and gradually dissipate when a new email message arrives? Perhaps not, but Microsoft felt the concept was patent-worthy and the USPTO has agreed, granting U.S. patent no. 6,931,601 Tuesday for a Noisy operating system user interface.” Again, you have to wonder why this is patentable? It’s the sort of thing that seems pointless. If anyone thought about it, they could create it themselves. Instead of patenting it, why not just bring it to market and see if anyone wanted it?