An anonymous reader writes: You have to appreciate that Microsoft pays attention to what may be rather trivial products and slaps a patent on them. In this latest wave of approved patents — the U.S. Patent and Trademark office granted 35 Microsoft patents to Microsoft today — is the right to claim the 'record' button. This is not just your average record button. It is a record button in every conceivable form, on a computer, grouped with other buttons or standalone, with light or without lights, on a keyboard or not. In all seriousness — do we really need such patents?