So this happened: Apple was just granted a patent on rounded corners for rectangular electronic devices. It’s tempting to think that patents are becoming more absurd, but that would be a mistake. The US and other patent bodies have always granted overly broad patents. What’s changed is that courts, in recent years, have started to award damages based on them.
Here’s a list of historical patents that have been violated millions of times–but have yet to earn their creators a cent.