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Journal Journal: MS copies feature, then patents it

Michael Kölling, a senior lecturer at the University of Kent and one of the developers of BlueJ, an educational development environment, realized last year that Microsoft had copied one of the BlueJ features into Visual Studio. Flattery, right? Well, recently he was informed that Microsoft has filed a patent describing the very same feature.

Michael's blog entry describing this here

"Confound these ancestors.... They've stolen our best ideas!" - Ben Jonson