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Apple now holds the patent for rectangular device with rounded corners

0. phoneArena 08 Nov 2012, 06:40 posted on

As unbelievable as it may seem, the design for a rectangular device with rounded corners is now officially in Apple's portfolio of intellectual property. Patent number D670,286, which the company filed back in 2010, has been issued by the USPTO on November 6, and within it is described "the ornamental design for a portable display device", as pictured below. In other words, the majority of tablet manufacturers could potentially get sued by Apple for selling products that look too much like an iPad. But is that really going to happen?...

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posted on 08 Nov 2012, 10:06

70. paulyyd (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


Lol how old are you? like 12 right? you sound mad brosef

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 10:27 1

73. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Wrong, I'm 15; 12 is never a good year.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 16:00 2

101. JGuinan007 (Posts: 685; Member since: 19 May 2011)


This just shows how bad our patent system in the US really is.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 17:19

107. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Might have aswell patented a blank piece of paper ...

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 06:47 1

3. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I have nothing left to say on this matter.....

Its amazing that the USPTO can invalidate bounce back....but give them this....

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 06:48 10

4. exynos5 (Posts: 21; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


wtf....

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 06:56 3

13. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


I think this is aimed at the Nexus 7 mostly

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 06:48

5. angelesmec (unregistered)


What if your device is rectangular with rounded corner but irregularly shaped when looked at the side of the device is it also affected?

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 06:50 8

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Holy .... Better throw my kindle ,my phone,box of instruments ,books,fridge,microwave safe boxes and microwave and the hdtv before i get sued for rounded rectangles

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 06:50 6

7. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


lmao screw you apple, rounded corners can't be patented, it's like saying "hey you can't use 4 wheels on your car, it's mine!!"

but whatever it is...apple is still better than RIM

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:34 3

51. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


That might just happen if Apple start manufacturing cars!!

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 16:30 1

102. Googlethis (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Don't give them ideas they just might start doing that Imagine A smart car with a giant apple logo on the side both in white and black with no windows. lol

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 17:30 1

108. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


In that case, i can predict that Apple will patent 4 circular tires, 2 on each sides one right behind the other.
Adding to that will be a 2X drive...and the 4X drive will be the luxury version. iDrive.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 23:49

139. pegasso (Posts: 279; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


Apple is better than RIM?

you must be :
a) rabid isheep in disguise
b) 12 years old "alay"
c) smoking crack

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 06:52 9

8. rainyday (Posts: 44; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


One of the most pathetic patents of all time, if not the most. This is beyond ridiculos.
Imagine if the wheel was patented...

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 07:57 4

40. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


USA Court room 2020....
Apple: sir! Ford infringe on our wheel patent.
Ford: sir! it isn't fair...wheel can't be patented....
Apple: but rounded wheel can be...
Judge: from now ford cars are banned...
He he he...

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 06:53 5

9. blingblingthing (Posts: 541; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


How can you patent something that existed before you? Who grants such a patent. What next, patent color screen lcds?

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 06:53 4

10. amozhi (Posts: 130; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


This is ridiculus...Apple didn't invented the rounded rectangle...

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 06:54 11

11. angelesmec (unregistered)


Pathetic Apple doing everything it can to eliminate competition..rectangular devices with rounded corners is so generic..
Much better if they patented with the description "rectangular over priced piece of crap with rounded corners" because that best fits their products.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:37 2

56. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


That's why I won't buy their products. Those that do only support their effort.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 06:54 10

12. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Fig. 4 is priceless. Typical Apple innovation.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 07:01 4

14. jove39 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This shows how broken patent system is!

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:42 2

57. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


The patent office has sold out.

http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/09/technology/patent_reform_bill/index.htm

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 18:34

115. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Well, not sure it is helping - here is more info on that bill/act -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leahy-Smith_America_Invents_Act

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 07:01 4

15. ber_to (Posts: 11; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


I'm UTTERLY SPEECHLESS!..

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 07:07 5

17. moanismk (unregistered)


I'm sorry, BUT THIS IS f**kING RIDICULOUS!! I MEAN SERIOUSLY?! Apple, protect your stuff, THAT'S your right. BUT THIS?!
ERMAHGERD THERS ERS RERTERDERD!!!

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 07:09 5

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 22065; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I like apple, but I hope this gets invalidated.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 07:26 9

28. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Do you now understand why half the site hates Apple? Its because of s**t like this. USPTO needs a change in 2013.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 08:02 1

41. darkkjedii (Posts: 22065; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I don't agree with everything apple does dude. I jus don't get caught up n corporate BS that doesn't pay me.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 12:35 1

84. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


It may not "pay" you, but it certainly will affect every company who has to design or innovate out of fear of falling within the now rapidly expanding boundaries of Apple's design patents infringement. Nobody should copy anyone, and there's plenty of room for anyone to play nicely together, but granting this patent for Apple effectively makes the sandbox a bit smaller...

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