Barnes and Noble Seeks Government Investigation Of Microsoft Patent Claims



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Why is it a patent isn't just for an invention, but for the vague notion of something you might do one day....possibly?

Sliding your finger across a touch screen? How the hell can someone even think to patent that? It's akin to taking out a patent for walking, breathing, or--like the other guy said--wiping your ass!

Shoot the lobbyists. Enact common sense laws.



Remember the Golden Rule....  He who has the gold makes the rules. 

None of us like it, but it's been that way since the beginning of time and it will be that way until the end of time.  No use getting stressed about it.



Good for B&N. Someone needs to finally call these pricks on their extortion of open-source. If Apple's lawyers weren't just as big-time and sleazy as Microsoft's they'd be trying to "sue profits" out of them too.

This is just MS trying to "catch up" in the "We Can't Innovate in the Tablet or Smartphone Market" department. It's exactly the same thing they do to vendors like openSUSE because so many would rather not deal with Windows Virus Server for their critical business needs.



Your slander of the windows server platform is both unwarrented and baseless, it is extremely likely 50+% of evrything web you do is built on it, get over yourself.



My "slander" was based on fact; therefore it was not slander. (I'm assuming you mean the word "Virus" which I added.) It may have been unwarranted, but it was certainly not baseless. I would argue that more servers are Unix-based. Linux servers are well over 60% of web-based servers. There's a very good reason for this: "Windows 'Virus' Server," as I said before.

Research your "facts" and then get back to me with your fanboy-perspective.



You are assuming they don't have patents that was your first mistake.



Perhaps. I guess we'll see, won't we? Now that someone is big enough that they don't have to just lay down and take it.




Wooohooo! I am going to patent the process of "wiping your behind" and then charge ppl every time they wipe their @$$.

All these BS Patent wars are nothing but tools for rich corporations to kill other rich corporations.

US patent laws may have protected the little guy back when they were enacted but today it seems they are complete opposite of what they were designed to do.




Rather than just dismiss every patent that I don't agree with I'd rather investiagte them and see if they're justified.  If some company had the foresight to patent a design or process which later caught on to become somewhat standard then good for them.  Its the patents that are being filed after the fact that should be fought and overturned. 



It's rather wrong though to patent something and then make it yourself. That's just having an idea and then waiting for someone else to do the hard work of bringing it to life, then try and take it from them just because you thought of something very similar before but were too lazy to take the steps to make it, or you didn't own the other patents to make it.

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