Microsoft tried to patent studying evolutionAug 21, 2009, 20:34 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Given the existence of prior art, patent applications that lay claim to widely used methods should be shot down during their application process, but that hasn't stopped even big companies from trying, or the Patent Office for granting them. Microsoft's seen both sides of this problem recently, as it was granted one patent for storing formatting information in XML files, and faced a damaging injunction for violating someone else's patent on the same general thing.
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