Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Giving Apple Inc. (AAPL) a Run For Its ‘Patent Money’

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) may not receive as much attention for its patent filings as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) does, but this doesn’t mean the company is sitting in the background and hoping to protect its technology.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Giving Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) a Run for its ‘Patent Money’Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is well aware of the benefits of filing patents, much the same as Apple CEO Tim Cook. Many times, these companies are fighting to see who can receive a patent first.

As you know, this often times leads to courtroom battles. For an example of this, we don’t have to look any further than what is going on between Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung in courtrooms all over the world.

Did Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Win this Round?

The Daily Telegraph recently published a story by Richard Gray discussing a recent Microsoft patent that could turn the smartphone market upside d own.

Have you ever forgotten to turn off your smartphone before going to bed or entering an important business meeting? If so, you are not alone.

And if Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has anything to say about it, this may not be an issue much longer.

The software giant is in the process of developing a phone that can prevent users from being disturbed at inappropriate times.

From the outside looking in, it is easy to see that this patent filing will help Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) compete with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and its popular iPhone.

The cool thing about this technology is how it works. The phone will use a variety of sensors to detect the environment surrounding the user. From there, the phone will be turned off if necessary.

For example, if the phone senses that the room is dark it will likely be turned off as it means the user is trying to sleep.

There is no denying the fact that this is a big undertaking. It is easy to see how this could cause more harm than good, unless the technology is extremely accurate. Could you imagine missing an important call because your phone diverted a call when you didn’t want it to?

This technology from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shows that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is not the only company with interesting patent filings.

If Microsoft Corporation is able to make this patent work, it would be interesting to see if other companies attempt to follow suit (despite the patent).

These hedge fund managers continue to invest in Microsoft, despite its lagging performance in the smartphone market: William Duhamel, Sandy Nairn, James Litinsky, Jeffrey Ubben, and Kelly Cardwell.

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