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What Do Apple's Patents Mean?

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blue_maffu_202

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I hardly think they file them for no reason, but they do seem to file alot of them.

A few months ago they make one for an iPod like interface with a touch scroll wheel floating over the menu. And now last week make another one for a touch sensitive border around the screen. The second patent clearly looks like an iPod (album art, artist name, and all the controls) But why file 2 different ones?

Either Apple changed their mind, or they are trying to own the patent on everything touch sensitive to corner the market. Or possibly they are doing this to throw everyone off their trail.

A new iPod is obviously in development, but how early would a patent be filed? Maybe neither of these are the 6G iPod.


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studogvetmed said:
The earlier a patent is filed, the better chance a company has in owning said patent. That's all it means, apple had an idea, and wants to own said idea.
This is correct. Here in the US, as well as other places I'm sure, you have a right to earn profit off of "intellectual property". In other words ideas. You come up with an idea and patent it, then others have to pay you for use of the patent or simply purchase your patent from you. By filing these various touch-screen patents Apple is able to make a profit from all the R&D that they do in their labs, as well as fending off possible competition for future Apple products. If Apple DOES come out with a touchscreen iPod it will be very difficult for someone to make a competing device since Apple owns all the patents.
 
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