As forums and blogs have saturated the internet people are discussing all sorts of things. It has intersting implications for Intellectual Property as surely any ideas expressed will become public domain. On this forum I have seen many ideas on new apple products, ideas for ipods etc etc. So how does this effect Patent prior art, what if a great idea in a forum (and I have seen many good ideas here) gets picked up by apple (or whoever) and gets incorporated ino a product and is patented by apple. Or what if there is an idea already under consideration by apple but then somone mentions it in a forum before the patent is filed. This must make enforcing a patent quite difficult.