Apple is trying to stifle innovation in an attempt to always stay ahead of the curve. This is a fair use item. It would have been like Mercedes Benz patenting not just their lock mechanism for their cars but the concept behind it. We would all still be driving 2/mpg clunkers. They want to slow the progress of tech so they can keep making smaller increments in technology and charge out the nose for it. I really hope the US stops this nonsense within the USA while everywhere else companies can prosper.