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Fortune: Apple granted ‘the mother of all smartphone software patents’:

Both sides of the smartphone wars agree that the 25 patents granted Apple (AAPL) on Tuesday contain some powerful legal weapons.

One patent in particular — No. 8,223,134: “Portable electronic device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists and documents” — stands out.

I was ready to use the Obi-Wan line, ‘If you strike me down I shall become more power than you can possibly imagine’, but I realized, Apple is already there. More importantly, Apple doesn’t need this patent to continue it’s trajectory of success.

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