updated 09:00 pm EDT, Wed June 2, 2004
MS patents \'double-click\'
Microsoft has been granted a , granted on April 27, 2004, is being protested by the New York-based Public Patent Foundation, as Microsoft last year said said "it would be seeking to improve earnings from technology which it claims it invented and would be using its patent portfolio to do so."
The abstract describes the patent: "A method and system are provided for extending the functionality of application buttons on a limited resource computing device. Alternative application functions are launched based on the length of time an application button is pressed. A default function for an application is launched if the button is pressed for a short, i.e., normal, period of time. An alternative function of the application is launched if the button is pressed for a long, (e.g., at least one second), period of time. Still another function can be launched if the application button is pressed multiple times within a short period of time, e.g., double click."