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Microsoft Patents Verbs. Levine To Patent Nouns.

(via Preston McAfee) Microsoft has now patented conjugating verbs

A verb conjugating system allows a user to input a form of a verb and display the verb forms. The verb conjugating system allows the user to input the infinitive form or non-infinitive forms of a verb. When a user inputs a non-infinitive form of a verb, the verb conjugating system identifies a corresponding base form of the verb. The verb conjugating system then uses the base form to retrieve and display the verb forms for the verb. The verb conjugating system may highlight the non-infinitive form of the verb within the displayed verb forms to assist the user in locating the verb form of interest.

I think I should grab nouns, and then negotiate with them for the movie rights.


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David, just to be clear, this is only a patent application, not a granted patent. Still, as we discussed on Techdirt last week just the fact that Microsoft thinks this might be patentable shows how far gone the patent system is.

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