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The Patent System Sinks Even Lower

Just when you think the US patent system can't sink any lower, it does. Via Slashdot, Microsoft is attempting to patent the highlighting of numbers in a document:

Patenting the Highlighting of Numbers
Click on the image to see the first page in full size.

By the way, I don't blame Microsoft for attempting to patent this. I blame the US Patent and Trademark Office for allowing us to get to a place where any patent attorney would think this was even worth the effort, much less to have a reasonable chance of having the patent actually granted.

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