Microsoft, one of the largest corporate holders of patents in the United States, received another major bundle of approvals this week from the USPTO. In addition to some interesting sounding utility patents — including a device for identifying and tracking multiple humans over time, a technique for motion-parallax 3-d imaging and several built around the concept of “action trigger gesturing” — the company also brought in a haul of design patents, including one for a new font.

Also in that cache are three new design patents for what’s described as “a display screen with graphical user interface.” These (D706281, D706285 and D706286) one must admit, are a bit more inscrutable. It would appear, at first glance, that USPTO has deemed as “novel” and “nonobvious” the display of various arrangements of rectangles on a digital screen.

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