June 03, 2004

Double-Click Patent

This article by Sam Varghese in the Sydney Morning Herald reports on a patent for double-clicking granted to Microsoft in April. Slashdot discussion here.

So, OK, the American patent office is granting stupid patents without limits again. That's not news. Nobody paying attention should expect anything else.

On the other hand, one of the reasons I started following the software patent issue in the first place was the 1-click patent awarded to amazon.com, leading to a boycott by the Free Software Foundation. That case is so famous that it is even included in the Wikipedia timeline of computing.

Therefore, I think it is at least worth mentioning the logical follow-up here. And this new patent is probably another powerful example to point to when asking for some meaningful limits to patentability.

Posted by Karl-Friedrich Lenz at June 3, 2004 02:59 PM | TrackBack