To stay on top of the tech game you need to protect your discoveries. Bill Gates started that idea a long time ago. At a time when people shared ideas, Billy was busy patenting. That lesson was learned by Apple when it lost its legal battle over Windows. Today Apple patents and protects with the best. And its also a look into the future of Apple products as you have to patent, or at least apply to protect new ideas from being stolen by the competition. From cable design, to the cover on the iPad to face recognition and more new things are on the way. This article goes into more depth.