Samsung has been granted a patent detailing plans for a scented cell phone.
The decision to patent the idea is either a way to prove that Samsung has original ideas or just to prove that it has really silly ones.
News of the scented phone comes as Samsung dukes it out in court with Apple over possible patent infringement charges.
Apple asserts that Samsung stole design concepts found in the iPhone. While Samsung asserts the classic legal defense of "Nuh uh, no we didn't".
No one yet knows if Samsung will be found guilty of patent infringement, but we think the discovery of smell-phone patent could really help the company's case.
A handset with an aromatic sponge is certainly not something I see in an iPhone. Heck, I'd stand to wager that Apple hasn't even thought about making any of its devices smell good.
So while Samsung attempts to corner the scented phone market (in an alternate universe where ridicules things like that happen) it may soon be Apple accused of patent infringement.
Imagine a world where the Vanilla scented iPhone gets banned for infringing on the patent used in the Vanilla smelling Galaxy S3. The two sides fighting out in court trying to prove, or disprove, that the iPhone has a more Vanilla-y scent than the S3.
Soon, the two companies would be battling on a global scale trying to ban Vanilla scented smartphones for being sort of similar to each other.
Eventually, you would have judges claiming the patent system is broken and say things like companies are hurting the market by taking these cases to court.
Then, finally these "patent wars" would get so out of hand that it would cause sweeping changes to the way the courts deal with intellectual property...Oh, who am I kidding that would never happen.
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