Microsoft Patents Adding 'www.' And '.com' To Text
from the just-as-Thomas-Jefferson-intended dept
theodp writes "Microsoft was just granted U.S. Patent No. 7,392,326 for Text Entry in an Electronic Device. From the patent: ‘the invention may automatically add a ‘www.’ and a ‘.com’ to the text the user is entering and display this combined text’. To get the point across, Microsoft included an illustration showing the ‘invention’ in action, transforming ‘foo’ into ‘www.foo.com’. Sure it’s not sorcery we’re dealing with?"
The specifics of the patent show it to be for easier data entry on mobile devices, but it’s difficult to see how this qualifies as either new or non-obvious. Basically, the concept is pretty straightforward and has been done on desktop browsers for some time. To simply add “and on mobile devices” doesn’t seem deserving of a patent. Does anyone really believe this functionality wouldn’t have been developed without a patent?