Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick




Microsoft Granted Pizza Delivery Patent

from the this-is-patentable? dept

theodp writes "Thanks to Microsoft, just ordering a pizza can now constitute patent infringement. Microsoft, who's been publicly whining about low-quality patents, was granted a patent Tuesday for a Method and system for providing service listings in electronic yellow pages, which grants it a 17-year exclusive right to the process of including pizza joints not physically located in a search area in search results if they'll deliver a large pepperoni-with-extra-cheese within the search area. "

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  • identicon
    gates, 7 Dec 2005 @ 8:00pm

    and?

    patents are products like everything else...

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Dec 2005 @ 8:26pm

    Grrr

    It pisses me off when people make headlines like that. The headline implies that only Microsoft can deliver pizzas now and then the actual text says something completely different that has less than 1% chance of actually affecting me.

    Please try integrity instead of sensationalism.

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  • identicon
    Microsoft Hater, 7 Dec 2005 @ 10:04pm

    Again...

    It's all part of Bill Gates' elaborate scheme to slowly take over the world. Microsoft already runs on like 95% of the worlds computers, what more can they possible want?!?!

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      John Lewin, 6 Sep 2008 @ 1:14pm

      Re: Again...

      Gates has stepped down from his role as chairman. I believe its Balmer you are hoping to chastise?

      Also, 'a computer on every desktop' was, in fact, the goal of microsoft in the 90's. Their current goal is, taking some liberties with language, to make operating systems and software invisible so you can focus on what you are doing (for example, posting comments on the internet.) So what they want is for you to get access to services without ever dealing with any of the stuff in the middle. Eg: if you want a pizza, you get a pizza.

      This is also precisely what Google wants, FYI. Hope that helps.

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    Starvingsmith, 7 Dec 2005 @ 10:09pm

    Man....

    what a bunch of jerks. Google needs to let them and AOL have each other.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Dec 2005 @ 6:07am

    No Subject Given

    I read the patent and aside from all the legalese garb, I am still at a loss. What did they invent? Nothing, to me it simply sounds like they are just adding information to a database to include regional businesses. Of course their logic is flawed, because their resoning assumes that all busineses would want to be listed on the net. I am sure that some of the mobile plumbers could care less about this. We all know that word of mouth sells better than anything else.

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    pizza squirrel, 9 Dec 2005 @ 3:45pm

    Sun was doing this in Mt. View 20 years ago

    The local food outlets had order systems, and modems printing out orders at least in 1985 or so, and there was a demo system that would find a pizza joint based on various things, by doing a spiral search till it hit a match in the enclosed area nearly that long.

    Obvious and done, so why not patent it. that seems to be what the USPTO does these days. Useless till someone with real power gets hit by one of these silly patents and stops this somehow.

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    Adam Reiser, 12 Dec 2005 @ 5:46pm

    a patent on pizza yellow pages search for pizza re

    We have been providing online pizza searchs since October 1999

    See web archive
    http://web.archive.org/web/19991012185003/http://pizza.net/

    I guess we either are out of business or made a lot of money today ?????

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    Nathan, 5 Nov 2006 @ 4:36pm

    wtf

    I was hoping for a windows live delivery or something.

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