After their previous $533m win, Smartflash takes Apple back to court for round two and the irony continues (NASDAQ:AAPL)
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Well yes you can patent ideas or theories to possible future products.
If you have on the drawing board a schematic or technical design for something you will produce in the future, then you can apply for patents worldwide.
However in the US they allow people to patent anything, including words, just because they get money from it.
Actually, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on 19 June, 2014, that you could not patent an "Abstract Idea".(1) For example, you run a Bingo game. Instead of drawing the numbers out of a bin, you use a computer. You can NOT patent the idea of using a computer to choose the number.(2)(3) You CAN copyright the software the have written to do this. These are the infamous "Do It With A Computer" Patents.
In my personal opinion, this all stems from Apple trying to play hardball with a small company over licensing fees and the company swinging back.(4} Do I think the company's patent has merit? I do not know, I am not a lawyer.
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