The original idea of creating a patent makes the following sense: thanks to patented products, inventors can prevent competitors from enriching by stealing their ideas. These days, companies are using patents rather as a legal way to fight for a place in the sun.
Apple has added nuclear missiles to its arsenal. Recently, the US Patent and Trademark Office has published 25 new patents owned by Apple. And one of them mentions almost an entire smartphone.
As PatentlyApple reports:
The patent application, known as Patent 134 (registered with number 8,223,134), was originally filed in the first quarter of 2007. One of the authors of the patent is Apple's senior vice president of iOS development Scott Forstall.
Now that Apple has received this patent, we anticipate that it will help the company in the patent wars taking place in the US. And given their scale, it seems like it can be very effective.