What do you guys think of this piece of news? hxxp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7778767.stm Some hilarious highlights: "A series of punctuation marks used to convey a wink in text messages - known as an emoticon - has been trademarked in Russia, says a local businessman." "Entrepreneur Oleg Teterin said the trademark for the ;-) emoticon was granted to him by Russia's federal patent agency." "Mr Teterin said he would chase firms using the symbol without permission." "Legal use will be possible after buying an annual licence from us," he was quoted by the newspaper Kommersant as saying." "It won't cost that much - tens of thousands of dollars," added the businessman, who is president of Superfone, a company that sells advertising on mobile phones. "He also said since other similar emoticons - or or - resemble the one he has trademarked, use of those symbols could also fall under his ownership. "The president of Russian social networking site odnoklassniki.ru, Nikita Sherman said: "You're not likely to find any retards in Russia who'll pay Superfone for the use of emoticons". "Alexander Malis, a director of the firm Vympelkom, said his company would not pay on principle, and jokingly suggested patenting brackets." Hey, good idea? I wouldn't be surprised if this guy was a member of blackhat world, gimmick or not, it's sleazy genius!