Ya is really a JOKE to behold! At the end of the day, consumers are the ones who pay for the patent rights ....... all factored into the costs. Its a competitive world out there. More to come, just wait and see.............
It's the odd rules. See, the US patent office has to approve the patent so long as it's filled in correctly. It's only a court that can invalidate the patent. But realistically, their patent will not hold water in court if it's used to stop "infringing" products. Unless it's a court in California.
China should sue Apple since mahjong has been around since ages ago. The tiles are rectangular with rounded corners.
The US patent office is not sensible.
Rounded corners prevent sharp edges. It is an universal safety design concept meant to benefit all humanity.
No company should be able to patent it and monopolise that design, which Apple did not invent anyway.