The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office isn't shy about issuing patents for just about anything. Some of the more bizarre ones include a patent for a beerbrella, a chin putter, a tricycle lawnmower, dog nose art, and even an apparatus for facilitating the birth of a child by centrifugal force (we're not making any of this up, folks
). So in the grand scheme of things, we can't really say we're surprised Apple
was able to patent the phrase, "There's an App for That
First filed back on December 4, 2009, there's now a patent for that catch-phrase. Other than "good grief," there really isn't a whole lot more to say about it, but for those of you wondering, here are the two classes the patent was filed under:
Advertising; business management; business administration; office functions
Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software
For those of you keeping count (and care about such things), Apple has over 3,000 patents
in its portfolio, well ahead of both Google and HTC combined.