Microsoft set to be granted 5,000th US patent

By Derek Sooman on March 7, 2006, 5:09 PM
In an age where battles over patents between the big technology firms seems to dominate much of the news, Microsoft is set to announce the granting of its 5,000th US patent. The software giant, who a decade ago filed only a few hundred patent applications per year, is now chalking up about 3,000 applications per year.

The milestone patent covers technology used to provide a distinct "spectator experience" for video games, a technique used extensively in the Xbox 360.




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DragonMaster said:
WTF is that? Why don't I patent the OK button? Or the Enter key?There's so much sense to software patents...
blue_dragon said:
[b]Originally posted by DragonMaster:[/b][quote]WTF is that? Why don't I patent the OK button? Or the Enter key?There's so much sense to software patents...[/quote]I think microsoft beat you on that one also...there should be a limit to the number of patents because i think it promotes monopolies
PanicX said:
I have a scar on my left knee, maybe I should patent it.
barfarf said:
can i patent patent? That way i would own all patents. I think i just broke my own patent. =)
Mictlantecuhtli said:
"Spectator experience"... so no more spectating for Unreal Tournament, HLTV in Source engine games, etc. without paying Microsoft?
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