Patent madness mapped !

Despite my fondness for most of the things that are developed in Cupertino’s factory of dreams, ¬†Apple’s fondness of software patents is one of their least pleasant characteristics at the moment. If it’s not bad enough trying to protect the very idea of a tablet computer by patents ( imagine if someone had down that with laptops ?) this patent, is in effect trying to patent the process of cartography !

To illustrate just how ludicrous software patents have become, the image below displayed electronically could be in breach of Apple’s successful patent !

Clearly there is a need for Patents, but the current process by which almost any vague idea or any concept even with considerable prior art is granted a patent has to change.

Written and submitted from home (51.425N, 0.331W)

6 comments

  1. jdlaughead

    All words are Vague. You never can define a word completely, because then you would have to define every word in that definition, ETC. So you have to have a point of reference to go by, and the best one is a concrete picture. Words should not be patent-able, for they are Vague. Why do you think these Bills in congress has so many words, because most of it is just definitions, which is just a racket for Lawyers. A lot of those words could be replaced with pictures and diagrams. Remember ALL words are VAGUE, for they can’t be DEFINED Completely!

    It is time to GET these Patent Trolls!

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