If IBM can patent the email vacation message feature, then why can’t Apple patent the fingertip and how it’s used on smartphones, tablets, and touchscreen PCs? Tera Thomas O’Brien:
So, with as much seriousness as the issue warrants, Apple should have patented the fingertip, and since it hasn’t been done yet (my cursory search of the USPTO not withstanding), must do it now before Google, Microsoft, or IBM decides to do it first.
Look at what it does on every smartphone and tablet on planet earth. It’s the control mechanism that all of us have, and since it’s unlikely we would pay Apple or anyone else for the rights to use it, Apple needs to get the patent filed quickly so it can begin taking away the 5-percent of the smartphone industry’s profits it does not have– thanks to royalties from a fingertip patent.