Apple has proven the patent system is broken.

Unless you’ve been hiding in a hole over the last few months you should be aware that Apple was suing Samsung for patent infringements and recently won a judgement for just over $1 billion.

This at first glance appeared to be a case of bad judgement on Samsungs part. However when you look at the patents that Apple sued over, you’ll be left scratching your head. The patents in question are for generic funtions, shapes and colours. You can see the patents over at Business Insider (here). Some of the patents in question are:

At first glance these patents are ridiculous and it is mind boggling how anyone could issue a patent on such generic design elements. The patents in question are not innovative and in my opinion should be invalidated. At the end of the day, no generic process or design element should be allowed to be patented.

Patents should be available to protect true technical innovations, development of a leading new drug, really anything that is truely innovative. Patents should exist to ensure that a company making an investment in innovation have time to recoup the R & D costs involved before it becomes widely used in the marketplace. 

Anyways, just my 2 cents. What do you think? Leave your thoughts below. 

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