Quick, someone go grab a patent for starting up a computer, because believe it or not, the intellectual property for shutting down is now taken , and it belongs to Microsoft.
"A user interface and scheme is provided for facilitating shutting down and operating system," the patent abstract reads . "Aspects include the operating system receiving a command to initiate shut down, and automatically terminating graphical user interface (GUI) applications that delay shut down which do not have top level windows. Also, aspects provide a user, through a graphical user interface, the ability to automatically terminate all running applications in response to determining that a running GUI application has a top level windows."
The above patent was awarded to Microsoft on August 31, 2010, but apparently it wasn't an easy decision. Microsoft first filed for the patent back in August 2005.