Did you hear the one about Charles Darwin, and the email he got from God’s legal people? Apparently they weren’t too happy about the father of evolutionary theory attempting to patent opposable digits as an element of natural selection…
Obviously, that didn’t happen, but it is no more ridiculous than the recent news that Apple has been awarded a key patent, one that allows them to license (or restrict) the use of fingers for interacting with mobile phones, tablets and other devices with a touch-screen interface.
While Pearly, Gates & Heaven might not be serving legal papers to Steve Jobs in the near future, this judgement does call into question the current pace of technology patent claims, not to mention Apple’s current aggressive policy on such matters. After all, when patents are challenged, the benefactors are determined by judges, and as such a precedent is set.
Is it too great a leap of imagination to foresee a time when Apple will attempt to patent breathing simply because a breathalyser app uses the process?