Microsoft wants to patent smilies

According to Om (and the US Patents Office), Microsoft wants to patent the emoticons. Now I don’t get surprised by anything anymore, but I think it’s pretty amusing to imagine whoever was in charge of this:

*Some random legal office*
Jim: Hey Susan, how’s the emoticon project going?
Susan: Oh, finally submitted it to the patents office.
Jim: Excellent!

Good thing Despair, Inc. trademarked the frownie.

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