Source: USPTO via SBNation [PDF]
quote: There are, in fact, companies that basically do this. They're called "patent trolls."
quote: Its basic argument is that it can't compete so it files for a ridiculous number of patents
quote: I could see a girl with smaller fingers find it great. Granted the interface looks ancient and dated compared to Android ICS, and Windows Phone (esp.), but Apple could still compete on the merits of the case design, large app catalog, and strong core apps.
quote: But when Apple refuses to compete and instead opts to sue people, anyone who appreciates free choice in the market, will likely have a tough time convincing themselves to buy an iPad and iPhone. Apple could be a competitor with its relatively solid products -- instead it chooses to be a troll.
quote: you need to seriously realise how much of a biased idiot you sound.
quote: Its basic argument is that it can't compete s
quote: The problem is Apple's frivolous, generic patents of simple shapes that have oodles of prior art.
quote: Granted the interface looks ancient and dated compared to Android ICS, and Windows Phone (esp.)
quote: My understanding is that the idiots at the patent office grant patents they know are questionable and likely not valid and figure it is up to the court system to decide on them. I don't think they research design characteristics, functionality or anything else. They only check to see if there is a prior patent, wait for anyone to challenge the patent and if not then finally issue said patent.