Apple files Apple iPad design with China's Patent and Trademark Office
Apple has started helping Chinese consumers finance the purchase of the Apple iPhone from its online store. and there are hopes that the meeting earlier this month between Cook and China Mobile will lead to a deal for Apple to sell its phone through the world's largest carrier in the world's largest market.
Last July, Apple paid Proview $60 million for the rights to the iPad name in China. When Apple purchased the rights to the name from Proview's Taiwan branch prior to the world-wide launch of the device, the company did not know that this division did not own the rights to the name on the mainland. After a prolonged legal battle that briefly found its way into the U.S. legal system, the settlement was finally reached.
source: PatentlyApple via AppleInsider
1. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
What Apple wants, Apple gets. Spoiled brat.
9. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3303; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Protecting innovation isn't being spoiled.
11. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
your name should be:
stupid is as stupid does...
26. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
your comment contains much less profanity that Mxyzptlk's.. Thumbs up!
23. Tele7 (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)
You know people had already used a rectrangle with rounded corners, it was called "brick", it is not innovation
29. JC557 (Posts: 943; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Well, it was known as Candybar form factor. Then it became slate after they became larger touchscreens.
25. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
Yes, true, protecting innovation isn't being spoiled, but protecting stupidity is. And apple is always doing the latter.
24. cheetah2k (Posts: 772; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Its a bit late. All those Chinese copies would be considered prior art..
3. mick25 (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Good luck trying win a patent battle in China.
13. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
This. I think they will find the Chinese are less receptive to their bullsh*t shenanigans.
15. mick25 (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Chinese legal system is much different than that of US and EU. On top of that, Chinese domestic manufacturers are supported and even subsidized by the government. Apple is well aware of this.
27. troutsy (Posts: 248; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
Silly Apple, everyone knows that China's Patent and Trademark office is a shadow corporation owned by the Copying and Producing Cheap Knock-off Office.
They just handed over the designs to every competitor in China!
4. wildcard (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)
apple is all about money money money an thing last forever
20. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
But no company is like Apple, dirty, greedy, stealing other peoples invention, and patenting what does not belong to them, also letting no others using this!
5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Great!! More patent wars we can look forward to!
6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7683; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Description of the patent should be:
"A large rectangular device with rounded corners with a multi-touch display housed in a thick screen bezel."
7. tedkord (Posts: 4482; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
"Apple files Kinght-Ridder Tablet design with China's Patent and Trademark Office"
Fixed your headline for you.
8. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
So... just filed for but not granted yet? How long does the process usually take in China to be granted a patent?
Given that it's China, good luck to Apple trying to litigate against any company there they feel infringes on their patent. If thermonuclear war isn't working out so well for them in the Western world, I'd love to see how it pans out in the Far East.
I guess that only leaves litigation against non-Chinese companies. I wouldn't be surprised if the Tim Cook visit and the iPhone financing options isn't simply a ploy to cement a "most favored nation" bargain with the Chinese government: Apple finances their devices in China to make them appear more affordable, Apple won't litigate against Chinese manufacturers in foreign markets because they *license* the designs filed in the Chinese PTO keeping the terms privy only to themselves... and in exchange, when Apple sues a foreign competitor in China it won't be tossed out of court as is happening in basically the rest of the world. Outside of the US that is.
10. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
China do not do it - they only copied previous tablets that never sold very well or copied previous ideas already out there...proof is out there...
14. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
What a great way to boost their image in China! I mean they're doing so well already, providing gainful employment to thousands of Chinese, trying to make a deal with China Mobile, I'm sure tying up their legal system with their never ending bullsh*t will go over just as well as it did everywhere else in the world.
Well done apple, take a bow, you are done.
16. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
These are nothing but signs of nervousness.
17. dorianb (Posts: 353; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
I wonder how much they're gonna pay for this patent & still get sued & lose in China.
21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
They have plenty of money to waste, its good all there money is spent on litigation and not on innovation™®©
22. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Well Goophone has patents to lot of these things i guess ... apple has just filed ... filing doesn't mean granted. So lets wait and watch :)
28. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)
This is the kind of news that keeps me interested in staying with the iPhone! Looking forwward to hearing more on this rumor.