Microsoft Wants A Patent For Conjugating Verbs

from the I-Am-You-Are-He-She-It-Is dept

theodp writes "Microsoft's just goofing on us, right? Its latest batch of published patent applications includes one for Conjugating a Verb." Sort of reminds me of the Onion's satirical piece on Microsoft patenting 1s and 0s -- but this one is for real. It's just an application, so it hasn't been granted -- but it says something about how easy it is to get a patent these days that Microsoft and its lawyers would even think this is worth applying for. When so many bogus patents get approved, and the awards for enforcing them are so high, it only encourages more ridiculous patents to be filed -- which probably contributes a lot more to the supposed staffing problem at the patent office than anything else. If the USPTO followed the original purpose of the patent system, to only grant patents in the rarest of circumstances, then the issue of hiring more patent examiners wouldn't even be up for discussion at all.

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    Susheel Daswani, 31 Aug 2006 @ 11:11pm

    OK, you grant that you could have explained the 'rarest of the circumstances' comment better. You also assumed that the link you've recently cited can be trusted to support your contention that Jefferson thought that the patent system was unconstitutional. That links seems suspect - I think it really clarify the situation if you produced something more substantive.

    So I don't think my sloppiness label is off-base. Sloppy may not even be the best word - rather, you seem to be using exaggerations (since some of your contentions lack good backing references) to bolster the persuasiveness of your blog entries.

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