"People are allowed to patent obvious ideas and then have the gaul NOT to develop them, but instead wait for people to implement their obvious ideas. We have been developing lots of new stuff for Android, but I can't stomach the idea of trying to get a business method patent on 'everything' simply because we are one of the first companies to use the operating system. Especially since Google was nice enough to open source (i.e. provide the operating system for free) Android. It is one thing to invent technology and then patent your invention, it is something entirely different to patent the obvious use of someone else's technology. I call them the 'on the Internet' patents. You can patent anything by adding the suffix - 'on the internet'. "