Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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It appears that your primary complaint about the entire issue is Apple and their army of lawyers, but you lumped in the US Government by way of USPTO. I guess you got whipped up into a frenzy by Thom with the same complaints about the USPTO itself, and left rational thought behind.

I like other comments made here about boycotting companies who entirely or partially moonlight as patent trolls, in this case Apple. Should the rest of the machinery (US Govt, Samsung, Google, etc...) be faulted here?

Note that I don't disagree that someone at the USPTO gave a patent to a common idea, and that shouldn't be possible.

This does prompt me to write my congressmen though regarding the patent process. I urge you to do the same.
Instead of whining about it on the internet, let your voice be heard by your representatives. Remember, they work for you.

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