A nice background summary tale of software patents: Why Bill Gates Wants 3,000 New Patents
I have not seen the software in use. But if I were in a position to make a ruling, and even if I accepted the originality claim on its face, I would process these swiftly: Rejected.
Microsoft’s other pending applications – 3,368 at last count – should receive the same treatment. And while tidying up, let’s also toss out the 3,955 patents that Microsoft has already been issued.
Perhaps that is going too far. Certainly, we should go through the lot and reinstate the occasional invention embodied in hardware. But patent protection for software? No. Not for Microsoft, nor for anyone else.