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Microsoft Proves Pronouns Patentable

From: theodp
Subject: Microsoft Proves Pronouns Patentable
Date: 16 Jun 2004 16:20:44 -0700

Five days after arguing that the Eolas browser plug-in patent should
be invalidated as obvious, Microsoft pocketed a patent of its own for
'Computer programming language pronouns', which covers the use of
ellipses, blanks, and ditto marks as substitutes for names in a
computer programming language. Perhaps the USPTO was won over by the
patent's eloquent conclusion: 'Eliminating names is a substantial
benefit as programmers dislike creating names.'

See the patent at:,748,585

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