Originally Posted by murraypaul
They already do, and have done for years.
This 'only Apple patents things' meme is just wrong.
Google have a patent on having a website logo that changes each day.
Amazon have a patent on having a button to buy something without any further confirmation steps.
Microsoft have a patent for display a wait icon while a webpage loads.
Cadbury have a patent on the use of a particular shade of purple in packaging for chocolate.
Who's saying "only Apple patents things?" Rather I'm saying Apple's patenting is extreme and frivolous and, more importantly, their litigation based on such extreme patenting is excessive and harmful to consumers. Simply holding a patent is not evil, but carelessly wielding that patent like a weapon in the courts to squash competition and harm consumers is.
And I'm not too sure Apple's competition are "frivolous" enough in their own patenting efforts. Samsung should have attempted to patent the 7-8" tablet form factor. Even if eventually denied, it might have at least delayed or temporarily derailed Apple's introduction of their Mini, which is a knockoff of Samsung's 7 and 7.7" tablets.
Hopefully Google has patented home page widgets for Android. That's something that iOS has never had. If Apple attempts to add them to iOS, then Google should sue the pants off them.