The nation’s biggest bank, JP Morgan Chase, received a patent this week titled “System and method for communication among mobile applications”, and a lot of people aren’t too happy about it, even being highlighted on the Electronic Frontier Foundation in its “Stupid Patent of the Month” series. In theory, the patent enables different apps on your phone to be able to talk to one another, which people are arguing is already happening… all the time.
Now, if JP Morgan Chase wanted to, it could actually accuse those developers of infringing its new patent. The developers could defend themselves and win, but only at enormous cost.
A spokesperson for JP Morgan Chase declined to speak about its patent or EFF’s criticisms.