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Microsoft trying to patent studying evolution

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.

In a bit of awkward timing, it was recently discovered that, two years ago, Microsoft filed a patent for clustering phylogenetics methods, which have existed for years, and are currently in use by just about anyone who does evolutionary biology. The filing has been compared to attempting to patent multiplication tables, and has the phylogenetics community on edge.

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PataponKnight3566d ago

*New Flash* - MS patents breathing.

gamesR4fun3566d ago (Edited 3566d ago )

The filing has been compared to attempting to patent multiplication tables
man thats what i should do patent math ill make a killin then ban everyone from using addition and subtraction and watch the world economy crumble mahahahahahah