I get that patents are a necessary evil but at what point does patents on everything in site become plain stupid. Case in point is the awarding of a patent to Google for its minimalistic home page that millions of people see everyday as they fire up their browsers.
Yes, it appears that Google first applied for the patent back in 2004 and was just this year granted a patent for it. Is this what patenting ideas has come down to? Literally giving a patent for a large text box and two large buttons under it with a few links tossed in for good measure.
How freaking stupid is that – seriously.
hat tip to Valleywag