My Oh My!
billg and his lawyer buddies up in Redmond have come up with a slick idea. Patent the method of keeping track of changes to YOUR code modifications. Is this enough to make one want to revolt?
United States Patent Application 20060015863
Systems and methods for tracking file modifications in software development
see full text at http://appft1.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.html
Dunno, but can't we try to stop this patent insanity?!?
The IdeaCop(tm) has come up with some potential prior art references in the attached file for your collective review.
Post your comments and alternative references. Help the USPTO do its job!
The Microsoft Patent Attorney on this case is
CHRISTOPHER M ARENA
WOODCOCK WASHBURN LLP
ONE LIBERTY PLACE - 46TH FLOOR
PHILADELPHIA PA 19103
Drop him a line or two about your views on this: