Archive for June 20th, 2005

Apple Sued over iTunes Interface

So, Apple got their asses sued over a patent. Thing is, the patent holder is right, the patent WAS infriged by Apple.

But this is not the point.

The point is that this patent is frivolous. It’s a freaking UI for God’s sake. Anyone with half a brain could sit down and create that interface in no time.

Patents should be about really difficult stuff, like a compression algorithm, or an advanced graphics algorithm, not crap like a UI or a computer case. This is a major problem here in US, patents granted are almost always no-brainers. In Japan, in order to get a patent, your idea must REALLY-REALLY shine. I know a company that has over 50 patents in US, and they managed to only get ONE in Japan! That says a lot!