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It can be a big deal when a company wins a patent for a certain technology, from Apple's huge multitouch patents to those, like Amazon's dual-screen patent, that could threaten the competition (namely, the Nook). But when companies patent broader ideas and subsequently go after other companies for using them, it puts a huge damper on the spirit of innovation. I mean, a patent that claims ownership of "Alerting Users to Items of Current Interest" seems ridiculous, no?
What do you think? Do these sorts of patents actually serve an understandable purpose, or are they just a ridiculous way to attempt to claim ownership of a broad idea that could potentially improve many companies and services?