Adding A Second Touchscreen Is Patentable?
from the in-what-world? dept
It really has become somewhat ridiculous when you look at what some companies figure is patentable these days. Engadget points us to a newly published patent application from Apple for a “Hand held electronic device with multiple touch sensing devices.” While plenty of sites scour these types of patents to get a better feel for new Apple products, this really looks like a ridiculous patent. The “innovation” in the application is simply the idea that you would add a second touch sensor to a handheld device, rather than just a single sensor. Yes, that seems to be the grand total of the invention, and it’s designed to cover any such device that happens to include a second touch sensor — because, clearly, without this patent, no one would ever independently think of adding a second touch sensor to a device. Again, since it’s just an application, we can hope it’s rejected. But, the ease of getting patents these days encourages companies to apply for such patents on ridiculously obvious ideas.