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Microsoft beats Apple to punch on key iPod patent

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Microsoft beats Apple to punch on key iPod patent

Apple Computer’s iconic iPod still has the huge advantage in the market – but rival Microsoft suddenly has some bragging rights in the patent office.

Creating a surprise twist in the portable music wars, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple’s application to patent its method of using hierarchical menus to navigate through the iPod’s contents.

Read the complete story. (Seattle Post Intelligencer)