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Microsoft got its 10,000th Patent

Feb 10 2009, 12:49pm CST | by

Microsoft got its 10,000th Patent
 
 
Microsoft announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently awarded Microsoft Corp. its 10,000th U.S. patent.
The Microsoft invention, U.S. Patent No. 7,479,950, applies to surface computing technology and outlines how users can place real objects on the computer’s tablelike display and the computer will automatically identify the objects and track their position, orientation and motion.
Even for a company of the size of Microsoft 10,000 patents is a big milestone. Of course they are not beating the king of patents IBM. Their site says that they hold currently 40,000 patents world-wide.Microsoft currently ranks fourth among companies receiving the most U.S. patents, with just over 2,000 patents in 2008. The company spends about US$8 billion a year on R&D, more than any other company in the industry.
Via this Microsoft announcement.

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Luigi Lugmayr (Google) is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
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