With Kinect, illumiroom, and now this, MS is going to greatly influence the way we game and consume media in 10 years. Can't wait to try this in a few years.
Isn't the above a perfect illustration of just about everything that is wrong with the USPTO and the whole patenting process in the USA ? Microsoft is here attempting to patent an idea, which is simply absurd, without having anything like a workable device to show patent officers. This means of course, that anyone else who has such an idea will have to simply put it our of their minds if MS is granted a patent, even if the latter never produces such a device and takes it to market. A fantastic technique for stifling innovation ! Until such time that an inventor can present a workable device to patent officers for examination, he/she/it should not be allowed to apply for a patent....
Henri; when I understand your frustration with how the patent office works I do disagree with your view on how ideas should be patented. Patents should definitely go to who comes up with the idea first as long as the only intention isn't to use the patent as a troll. What if you have a great idea but your funds would take you 10 years to bring the product to market, should you not be allowed to hold the patent and should it instead go to a large corporation with unlimited funds for developing the same product? Your way might limit patent trolling but it would also give all the power to wealthier people and corporations and destroy the indepenant inventor.
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