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Scaling based on pixel density (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application has received a final rejection by the US Patent Office. The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community below! The main reference cited by the ...
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Social Networking - Tracking product recommendations through a URL forwarding service (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON employing a forwarding service to track online recommendations - This application from Microsoft seeks to patent the idea of...Tracking online product recommendations by ...
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Online Search - Re-ranking search results based on admin-configured ranking rules (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent application. Some of the grounds for rejection (can be ...
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PRIOR ART REQUEST: Issued patent US 8255828 B2 (Microsoft): Ribbon UI

Patent US 8255828 B2 (publication US 10/955,967, assigned to Microsoft), Command user interface for displaying selectable software functionality controls, is the main patent protecting the Ribbon UI. ...
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Dynamic visualization and implementation (Microsoft) - Patent Application US20130339363 - PRIOR ART REQUEST

The gist of this is, they are trying to claim that storing the "type" of graph or report as metadata to a dataset being reported on is novel and unobvious. A picture is worth 1K words...Figure 5A and ...
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Microsoft Patent from 2008 for “Automatic censorship of audio data for broadcast”

Is it just me, or is this patent really broad? Patent No. 7437290 http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7437290.html Claim 1 A method for automatically censoring audio data, comprising the steps ...
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Relational Database - Using Objects to Access A Relational Database (DataTern) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

DataTern has Patent No. 5,937,402 on using objects to access a relational database. The patent was issued in 1999, and obviously people were using objects to access databases since the 80's. ...
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Machine Translation - Using word stems to translate “out-of-vocabulary” words (Microsoft Corporation) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON using word stems to translate unknown words - This application from Microsoft seeks to patent the idea of...Machine translation of unknown words by finding known word stems and ...
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Online advertising - Predicting Keyword Performance (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application was given a "final rejection" by the US Patent Office. An applicant has several ways to keep an application in this state alive. They include a request for continuing ...
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Webpage Extraction - Using Visual Structure and Text Analysis to Label Blocks (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application was given a "final rejection" by the US Patent Office. An applicant has several ways to keep an application in this state alive. They include a request for continuing ...
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Data Modeling - Predicting User Behavior (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application has received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent application. Thanks to YOU, the Ask Patents ...
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Hash-based Load Balancing (Microsoft) - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON BALANCING WEB TRAFFIC DISTRIBUTION - This patent from Microsoft seeks to patent the idea of using multiple load balancers with a shared virtual IP address to distribute website ...
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Email Notification - Dynamic Control of Email (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON DYNAMIC EMAIL NOTIFICATION - This application from Microsoft seeks to patent the idea of... email which changes appearance dynamically based on an external event! 10 minutes of ...
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Multiplayer Gaming with Head-Mounted Display (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

US Patent Application: US 20130196757 A1 TITLE: Multiplayer Gaming with Head-Mounted Display Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] A method of inviting other playes to join you in a ...
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Prior art on Microsoft patents asserted against Barnes & Noble and Motorola

I was wondering whether there was sufficient prior art for some of the patents that Microsoft is using in (what I consider) strong-arming Android manufacturers? Most of those seem to have been ...
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Social mapping of contacts from computer communication information

This is a Microsoft Patent us7167910 filed in 2002 and issued in 2007, when Web 2.0 was in its infancy. Is someone aware of similar work in the course of next 5/6 years from the issue date. Thanks.
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Game with Achievement system

I saw this patent own by microsoft. http://www.google.com/patents/US20060122716 I want to make a game that give a small reward for player who complete some task in game something like kill 50 ...
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Doesn't this mean most current software using scrolling is in violation of Patent 5495566?

In US patent 5495566 (filed 1994-11-22, issued 1996-02-27), Microsoft patented varied speed scrolling depending on the speed of mouse wheel spin, something that is now always used. Does this mean that ...
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How does Apple's patent differ from Microsoft HEL?

How does the patent application US 2011/0037768 “System for Emulating Graphics Operations” filed by Apple (filing date Oct 15, 2010) differ from Microsoft's DirectX/DirectDraw HEL (Hardware Emulation ...
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Prior art for compiler supporting programs as data objects

Microsoft has patent application 2011/0246973 which sounds suspiciously like Lisp. Here's claim 1: 1. A computer-readable medium having computer-executable instructions that when executed by a ...