Microsoft has been granted a patent on 'Page Up' and 'Page Down' keystrokes.

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  1. Pedro

    Pedro Registered Member

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    http://news.zdnet.com/2424-9595_22-218626.html

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  2. Arup

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    So for every move on PC, MS intends to patent and drive out open source.
     
  3. HAN

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    What's next? Mr. Balmer patenting one of his movements? o_O
     
  4. Espresso

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    They're probably just trying to protect these ideas from patent trolls. I doubt if keyboard makers have anything to fear.
     
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    Pretty funny!

    I wrote code that ran on IBM 2260 devices (later ported to IBM 3270 devices) that used Page Up/ Page Down. That was in the 1970's. And I know the airlines running ACP (Airline Control program) had similar a decade prior, because I have seen it.
     
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    The patent system is out of control.
     
  7. AKAJohnDoe

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    But those of us who know enough COBOL or Assembler to prove that it was a pre-existing idea, already implemented, are getting older every day, although I believe that Steve Balmer and I may be the same age ....
     
  8. Searching_ _ _

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    Patents are awarded by date of invention creation not who filed first. Although first to file has the lead.

    If you can prove that it was pre-existent and your the inventor, sue.

    I think I'm going to patent the spoon. No one has done it yet.
     
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    Be sure to patent both varieties: the conventional spoon, and the one with the convex side inverted. Many people think you can simply turn the spoon over, but they are clearly two different devices.
     
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