Microsoft granted 'emotiflag' patent

Microsoft has now been granted patent for email "emotiflag" -- an emoticon, chosen by the sender, that appears along with the subject line in the recipient's inbox. The patent application was controversial because the idea was actually introduced years earlier as "Mood Stamps" in Ray Ozzie's Lotus Notes. Ozzie is now Microsoft's chief software architect, but the […]

Microsoft has now been granted patent for email "emotiflag" -- an emoticon, chosen by the sender, that appears along with the subject line in the recipient's inbox. The patent application was controversial because the idea was actually introduced years earlier as "Mood Stamps" in Ray Ozzie's Lotus Notes. Ozzie is now Microsoft's chief software architect, but the company wasn't openly adopting his invention in seeking the patent. It named someone else as inventor and asserted that there was previously "no means by which to indicate an emotion associated with an email message."


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