YARP (Yet Another Retarded Patent)

Once again, leave it to the US Patent Office to award a completely asinine patent.. Anyone who has received email sent by me from my Hiptop might have noticed that the from “Personal Name” is “Sean Graham (wireless)”… The parenthetical is automatically appended by Danger’s servers when the user changes their from address to something than the supplied default. Lots of people in various Hiptop forums are up in arms about this, but it doesn’t bother me that much (It’s kinda cool that the recipient knows that I am mr. techno geek wireless boy). Anyway, I found out that the reason that Danger has it set up this way is thanks to a patent granted to one of Danger’s competitors, RIM (who make the Blackberry). With a title like “System and method for pushing information from a host system to a mobile data communication device having a shared electronic address”, it deserves a read… It’s a hoot.

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