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Title: Microsoft Patent Application
Submitter: Michael Covington
Description: We have the right to submit information to the Patent Office showing that an invention is not original. This is called "protesting a patent application" and the procedure (which I have not read through) is found at:

I suggest that linguists who are specifically aware of prior art (i.e., prior use of the techniques for which Microsoft is claiming originality) should get together and compile a report, then submit it to the Patent Office and publish it.
Date Posted: 18-Sep-2006
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Computational Linguistics
LL Issue: 17.2656
Posted: 18-Sep-2006

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