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This is an obvious feature for just about any user, making it nonpatentable by the criteria of USPTO, as far as I understand it. This is also not novel, though it is very useful (for the other 2 criteria).

The problem with that in the USA is that you are burdened to prove that in court as a defendant, and you also have to pay your legal costs (lawyers etc.) even if you win the case. The costs are huge, so only the big guys have to afford defending themselves!

Absolutely, but I'm more talking in the initial patent approval than the litigation afterwards.

> This is also not novel

What other tiling WMs included a gui menu in the title bar to select the layout?

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