Tuesday December 29, 2015

Stupid Patent Of The Month: Microsoft’s Design Patent On A Slider

Honestly, none of this stuff even makes me bat an eye anymore. With patents on rounded corners, 1-click shopping, slide-to-unlock and countless others, this doesn't surprise me in the least.

For the first time ever, this month’s Stupid Patent of the Month is being awarded to a design patent. Microsoft recently sued Corel for, among other things, infringing its patent on a slider, D554,140, claiming that Corel Home Office has infringed Microsoft’s design. The design patent, as detailed by Microsoft in its complaint, is titled "User Interface for a Portion of a Display Screen" and entitles.