Mercedes SLS AMG Convertible Leaked In Patent Application

We've seen the Mercedes SLS AMG convertible before, even in person, but these patent drawings confirm what our eyes have been telling us: it drops the gullwing doors and gains a soft top.

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DISCUSSION

2jmotorsports
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Forgive my lack of knowledge of patent protocol but what is the point of filing a patent for stuff like this? What exactly are they "patenting" that is considered an original idea, other than the convertible SLS itself? Invisible gullwing door hinges for the drop top? Does this simply keep other tuners/coachbuilders from creating their own drop top SLS without the consent of whoever files the patent?