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comment Microsoft have submitted a patent for a whack to silence a phone ringer. How similar does prior art have to be?
The act of combining two data sets to produce something unique, even in an obvious way does not make it less patentable, eg. using 2 fingers on a touch screen instead of one', is obvious but patentable. Similar features do exist, but the patent is explicit (whack) in that it does not try to overlap those similar prior-art inventions.
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