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   RE: [xml-dev] Bruce Perens and yet more patents

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From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) [mailto:len.bullard@intergraph.com] 

>From what I am reading, the patent only applies to handhelds. 


"This invention relates generally to computer systems, and more particularly
to increasing the functionality of application buttons on a limited resource
computing device."

I'm no expert on these matters but 'limited resource computing device' can
be applied to many devices.  Does a mobile/cell phone with speed dial fall
foul of this patent?

It just worries me that a patent can be obtained for 'inventions' like this
and exactly what Microsoft may choose to due with such a patent.



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