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Re: Troll Sues Apple For Daring To Plug Headphones Into iPhone

said by AsherN:

The innovation is to have both an output only AND an input-output jacks, operating independently. Neat idea. Patentable.

Why not patent two jacks, both providing input-output. You may use one for output only... Isn't that a neat idea? Is it patentable too? Then why not patent three jacks, all of them having input-output capabilities and, of course, user is allowed to use all of them at his will. And so forth... When have we started patenting the numbers? I guess it happened at the time, when US Patent Office has decided to make money from the number of patents it registers. The more patents are accepted, the more money they get... Yeah, that's the spirit of protecting innovators. Or may be not...
Keep it simple, it'll become complex by itself...