M$ v Barnes and Noble took a comical turn this week. M$ decided to drop several of its claims of patent violation. They now only have three claims left and those three are weak, terribly weak.
- Patent #6,957,233: Making annotations in read-only documents Chuckle. In Computer Science 101, students have been taught about data structures where diverse items may be associated. This “patent” is about associating some notes with a read-only file…
Yes. Patentable invention… NOT!
- Patent #6,891,551: Highlighting and selecting elements of electronic documents ROFL!!! As if cut-and-paste was novel in 2001 when M$ filed the patent application with USPTO without relevant prior art disclosed…
- Patent #5,778,372: Quickly downloading documents from a browser Yes, finally, some innovation that would have been useful with dial-up in Lose 3.1 but which is irrelevant in 2011 and which the Nook e-reader does not practise…
M$ is being hammered by a book-seller who chose to stand up to the bully. Others who agreed to the extortion are probably having regrets now. M$ is probably having regrets now. If they had left B&N alone, M$’s patent portfolio might still be useful for extorting money from users of Android/Linux but M$ did what they did and now the whole world gets to read about how toothless the old beast is.