Dumbest court case in a long time
Sometimes you just want to stand back and slap the living bejeebers out of whoever is granting patents for the United States. Samsung and RIM have both been sued for patent infringement for emoticons. These little smileys are ubiquitous and used in just about every text message or forum on the planet.
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The patent isn't trying to claim the plaintiff owns emoticons, rather the plaintiff is claiming it owns the ability to make shortcuts for inserting emoticons. Apparently, allegedly infringing devices from both smartphone makers have a menu where you can press a single button to insert the characters to make the emoticon. I hope the judge laughs Varia Holdings right out of the courtroom.