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Google’s Simple Home Page Now Patented

Ryan Tate of Valleywag writes: “After a five-and-a-half-year fight, Google and its attorneys have managed to convince federal bureaucrats to bestow a patent on the company’s iconic home page. We always thought the page was brain-dead simple, but apparently it’s an innovative ‘graphical user interface. ...In other words, subject to how the patent is enforced, Google owns the idea of having a giant search box in the middle of the page, with two big buttons underneath and several small links nearby.”

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It's a design patent John Levine  –  Sep 5, 2009 5:55 AM

Not a utility patent. Design patents basically cover the aesthetics of a thing, not its function. The difference is important.

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