All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
The US PTO really does make some dramatically poor decisions.
Of course, the patents have to be filed in the first place, so some of the blame must lie with the companies or individuals that make the applications. Surely an organisation like Apple has done a lot of work on the possible ramifications of being granted the patent – otherwise why would they have taken the time and effort to file it?
This patent screams of protectionism and a desire to make money while placing obstacles in their competitors way.
I believe the quote from Edmund Burke sums up my feelings nicely. If you’re contemplating buying anything from Apple, which side of that equation do you see yourself on?