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Dec222008

Microsoft’s Qi Lu hold no of patents

When Microsoft hired Qi Lu to head its online services group three weeks ago, the company trumpeted that the Yahoo veteran holds 20 patents. A look through Lu’s patent filings shows that Lu’s interests extend beyond search.

Among his patents: Lu is listed as an inventor of a gaze-based secure keypad system, designed so that onlookers would not be able to steal data entered into a device such as an ATM. An eye tracker would follow the movement of a user as he looked at a virtual keypad, avoiding the need for the user to punch in numbers.

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