Russian businessman patents ;-) smiley

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Legen-wait for it-dary!
Yep... so everyone will be using warez copy of ;-) when they use IMs. ;-)

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How much would you pay for a ;-)? A Russian businessman has trademarked the emoticon — or combination of punctuation marks — used to convey a wink in text messages and e-mail.

Oleg Teterin, president of the mobile ad company Superfone, said Thursday he doesn't plan on tracking down individual users following the decision by the federal patent agency.

"I want to highlight that this is only directed at corporations, companies that are trying to make a profit without the permission of the trademark holder," he said in comments to NTV.

Companies will be sent legal warnings if they use the symbol without his permission, he said.


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From the source

"Imagine the next wise-guy who trademarks the 33 letters of the Russian alphabet and then says anyone who uses the Russian alphabet has to send him money. It's absurd," Alexander Manis, the director of a broadband internet and mobile company, told NTV.

LOL, need to start worrying on English, only 26 alphabets ;-)


Legen-wait for it-dary!
I really dont care as long as they dont patent

Always been my fav smiley


Intel OCer
proves Russias slow but sure return to communism :D ...makin ppl pay for smileys, now thats NOT a free country :D
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