writes "ZDNet is reporting that USPTO issued a patent to Google, Inc. for 'ornamental design for a graphical user interface'. This is not, as ZDNet points out, a software patent (which is usually issued as a utility patent), but a design patent, which governs the look and feel of the product and prevents others from directly copying it."
Ironic, given Google's recent slip-up of copying a Yahoo page
. In news on the flipside, Google has launched a patent search service