Okay let me just rant for a bit here.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for patents and being able to protect your ideas and whatnot. It’s great you can do that, since you obviously don’t want some guy to make a fortune off of your idea after you just introduced it to the market, or something like that. Was is troubling, is that people, or rather large companies (pointing an angry finger at you, Apple) claim patents for trivial and extremely broad things.
As you may or may not have heard, Apple has successfully patented rectangles with rounded corners. Saw it coming from miles away, but it’s still really fucking stupid. It’s a shape. They did not invent rectangles with rounded corners. They may have been the first to use rounded corners with a specific radius, but they shouldn’t be able to patent that!
In theory, they can now sue anyone who makes a device (or anything else for that matter) that is rectangular and also has rounded corners. Luckily, this won’t work in practice, since the patent is so broad. Don’t ask me why they got it. Surely they’ll do something utterly disgusting with it, but what? Only God knows.
And may he help us the day the judges take that patent as something useful in court.