Microsoft Software Patent

Microsoft has acquired a software patent for "1-Click destruction" the company reported earlier today in a press release. The patent is for "a technique that will enable a user with a single mouse click with no further interaction to execute any malicious scripting code in an email or another document." Software patents are controversial since they often cover obvious techniques, but analysts comment that in this case there is no known prior art and Microsoft truly innovated the technique themselves. Apple Computer Inc. has been rumored to be in negotiations to license the patent, but officials from Apple refused to comment on the matter.

(From rec.humor.funny 10 October 2000)