Microsoft patents a slider, earning EFF’s “Stupid Patent of the Month” award

Last updated on September 8th, 2018

The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “Stupid Patent of the Month” for December isn’t owned by a sketchy shell company, but rather the Microsoft Corporation. The selection, published yesterday, is the first time the EFF has picked a design patent as the SPOTM. The blog post seeks to highlight some of the problems with those lesser-known cousins to standard “utility” patents, especially the damages that can result.

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