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Title: Microsoft Patent Application
Submitter: Veit Reuer
Description: Dear (computational) linguists,

Today I saw an article on slashdot
(http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/06/09/05/2344247.shtml) about a Microsoft
Patent Application at the US Patent & Trademark Office (No 20060195313).
Search here (http://appft1.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html) for the
number.

Maybe some computational linguists should start worrying about the
applications they have developed in the past if this application is accepted?

Yours,
Veit Reuer
Date Posted: 15-Sep-2006
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Computational Linguistics
Morphology
Translation
Lexicography
LL Issue: 17.2621
Posted: 15-Sep-2006

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