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Brief: Microsoft Tries To Patent Verb-Conjugating Tech

Software could be particularly useful for writing in a foreign language.

To patent. That's what Microsoft wants to do with verbs.

The software maker has developed a verb-conjugating system aimed at helping people writing in a foreign language and has applied for a U.S. patent.

The software would use algorithms to help conjugate verbs in the way software like Microsoft Word corrects spelling and grammar. The application claims the invention would overcome limitations in existing verb-conjugating software, such as being unable to identify the correct conjugation when the infinitive form of the verb is misspelled. Microsoft declined to discuss uses for the technology but said in a statement the system could help people writing multilingual documents. It would have clear potential for use in Word, and the patent application says it could be incorporated in PCs, servers, PDAs, cell phones, and digital cameras.

Next up for Microsoft: copyrighting Esperanto?

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