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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20. Bardi (Posts: 12; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Kudos to all the immature people at Apple and patent office - very childish indeed
23. Aeires (unregistered)
Fortunately having a patent and having the patent hold up in court aren't the same thing. Apple has had patents invalidated before, this one will also be tossed into the recycle bin of "WTF, that was really a stupid patent."
39. jroc74 (Posts: 4974; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Yea....if bounce back can be invalidated....I cant see this one holding up. At least bounce back is specific...but this?
25. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
Well, judging by apple's track record, every manufacture better be ready for a lawsuit.
26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8705; Member since: 14 May 2012)
So if they get to patent a "rectangular device with rounded corners," does that mean I have a patent on people breathing?
124. lyndon420 (Posts: 1769; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
No...but apple probably has one though. You've heard of oxygen right? Well guess who just patented that invention.
27. mydi.maus (unregistered)
so is this means ipad 5,6 gonna look like ipad 3, and 4,..i wonder what ipad 7 and 8 look like.....maybe ipadless.
34. angelesmec (unregistered)
Correct! Future iPads will look the same even in width and thickness but will increase in length gradually until it looks like a tower.
32. Slammer (Posts: 1074; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
It's amazing that the patent office employees can actually succeed in putting their pants on in the morning.
33. bragzter (Posts: 47; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)
Apple is the most ridiculous company on the face of the planet. They cry about everything, and how everybody is infringing their property, like they invented everything. And the people at patent office are their puppets. That's why every case they lose I'm happy. And now they have to pay over $600 million to a company for Facetime, which apparantly violated that company's patent. Apple doesn't like competition and wants to be the only option for the consumer.
35. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Surprise surprise, the US Judicial System policing the mobile world.
36. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Ornamental design for a portable display in 2001: Space Odyssey.
Should Stanley Kubrick Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer sue?
37. Savage (unregistered)
Apple. You suck. Seriously.
And Apple fans. Be proud of yourself defending this action and this rotten company. Good job. Apple finally inherited your brain and logic and came up with this.
38. Panta (Posts: 13; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)
This just proves how moronic Apple has become! They are falling, and when you fall you get desperate.
42. imnotascammer (Posts: 44; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
Utterly ridiculous. Could they not think of any better thing to do? Geez, Apple.
44. Mfa901 (Posts: 56; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
now ppls of apple inc. will soon come in panting office with there potty and they will patent the shape and texture of there potty and than a post will come in phonearena page that on 1 can poop like this shape
47. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
anyone else feels like evolution of human brain already stopped and is going backwards now?
48. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
in 5000 years we will become monkeys once again. or should I say 50 ?
125. lyndon420 (Posts: 1769; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
It's already happening. I see them everywhere...walking around with little overpriced rectangular devices. The rounded corners give them all away.
49. _PHug_ (Posts: 380; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
Some one at the patent office just remodeled their kitchen and got a new deck
50. rallyguy (Posts: 558; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Could Al Gore being on the board for Apple have anything to do with this. Apple has bought off the government, the only way to make this stop is to not buy Apple products. Apple is unethical and a company I choose to never buy a product from. They don't want to be the best because of their product, they want to reduce competition by having the government do their dirty work.
We are only hurting ourselves by buying Apple products.
55. infinitemethod (Posts: 134; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)
I had no idea geometry shapes could be patented. I am officially going to patent rhombuses and triangles, and s**t. Then I am going to sue the entire world! Master plan. Oh, and iFAIL yet again.
60. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
I don't think you have all that money to sue 7 billion+ people on the planet.
66. infinitemethod (Posts: 134; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)
Oh, I see, your name means that you can't distinguish between a real comment vs a sarcastic one. You should try lightening up once in a while, feels good.
58. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
But still they don't have that patent for 'facetime' .............. :)
59. vijaysivakula (Posts: 168; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)
Just one small question, does the USPTO grant the patents for the entire world or only the USA? Why cant I patent a rounded square in a rounded rectangle in my country? Hell, I might even patent all geometric shapes and i can then sue even the school kids. Mmuhaahaahaa!
61. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
Judging by the name, you seem from SE Asia (SL or India if I would have to guess). USPTO grants patents only to US corps/people, and patent filing is pretty expensive.
63. GENERAL-LEVY (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)
What's wrong with the US patent system, did Apple bribe them?
64. archangel9 (Posts: 231; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)
It's getting out of control now with Apple and their arrogant arses
67. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4070; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
... No words describe the amount of blatant idiocy that I just witnessed.
68. JunkCreek (Posts: 404; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Apple better become a patents collector company than innovative company. even the STYLUS they didn't use get infringing their patent...
the "i" is surely from a "sh¡t".
71. BREvenson (Posts: 207; Member since: 17 May 2012)
So money CAN buy anything...this is without a doubt the stupidest thing the USPTO could ever do. Patent a shape? Are you kidding me?
Now Apple's unrelenting grip will tighten on the tech world, and their lust for power will continue to grow. They have never created a single worthwhile thing in their entire history; everything they have now has come from other people/companies that they either paid off or outright stole from. They created nothing, yet own so much. This is the standard?
Well, with Apple's stock dropping and most of their lawsuits not going their way, perhaps all glory is indeed fleeting...
75. mukrenol (Posts: 90; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
Oh noes... my dis is rectangular with display and rounded corners...
76. ilia1986 (unregistered)
"Long story short, it is fascinating to know that a rounded rectangle can really be patented, even though some thought that wasn't actually possible."
Fascinating? How bout fracking extremely deplorable?!
Stop with the iPhoneArena bias!
78. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
I'm sorry to say but with patents like this, it makes USPTO a joke! Something has got to be done about this...
80. ibap (Posts: 702; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
Is the composition book I've got that I've had since elementary school in danger?
81. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 137; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Rectangular device is over statement of the patent. The patent has to be more detailed and specific. The round edge has to be at certain degree and the measurement of the device has to come along with it at least the radio
So Apple spend the money and time on the patent, where no other products doesn't close to it. The greed starting to cost them darely than they do protect them.
No on wants be like them as they claim. And as Jimmy Kimmel says, all they product are the exact same, but different sizes, you either can talk to it or just listen to music. And the Apple's fans are toooooooooo stubborn and stupid to see that.
85. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
today is a good good at Apple camp... Apple saw an opportuny and took it.. the patent system is broken but that's not Apple problem... I wlil submit a round circle patent.. might as well
89. GENERAL-LEVY (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)
Its allways good at Apple camp, cause they steal which dosen't belong to them. And you support that? Looks like you would steal what belong to others?
96. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
are you accusing me of stealing?... wow your fanatism gets the best of you
99. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
He haven't accused you of stealing yet.
126. lyndon420 (Posts: 1769; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Your blind faith has already gotten the best of you, or should I say 'apple' has gotten the best of you, your wallet and your common sense.
117. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4070; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Taking advantage over a broken system is ok? Since when? I get that this is business and all, but there's a certain point where morality needs to be chosen over the possibility of an advantage over the competition.
If Apple wants to patent the shape of the iPad, fine; just as long as they don't sue companies over other tablets with a different aspect ratio it should be good. 4:3 is a bit inconvenient for use in all honesty (for me at least), 16:10 and 16:9 are a lot more practical for tablets of that size category.
Just really, don't SERIOUSLY sue over a damn shape. I could bet; if an Android manufacturer were to be granted a patent for the design of a handset with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and they sued Apple for the iPhone 5 with it, the whole community of Apple followers would be in an uproar. Hypocrisy at its best.
Maybe Apple should make better products instead of trying to push out the competition with lawsuits. What a concept.
90. lyndon420 (Posts: 1769; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
I can see it coming now...apple is sueing so much these days they probably are applying for a patent that would allow them to be the only company who can sue.
91. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Apple will own the world if they filed a patent for penis shape... Apple and their generic shapes... Pathetic... for the patent system to actually let this pass, extremely pathetic...
93. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
I knew the USPTO was incompetent, but this just shows that the extent of it is much, much worse than I could have imagined.
In short: Wow.
94. desniper9 (Posts: 37; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Well next thing you know apple will be suing the Human body for having the word "I" in iris
98. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
If you see my comment, they will eventually sue every human being that have a penis and those who uses it...
95. rsxl5 (Posts: 65; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
Is diameter described as well?
No comment, must be patent in US...
97. Rayvelynn (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Does that mean apple will start suing companies that make TV's? There is no end to apple's madness
100. Twisted247 (Posts: 243; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
Like stated before, apple knows they can no longer compete and are getting left behind.Now to try and slow or limit the competition when really they are just going to piss them off and they will continue to leave apple in the dust while taking their customers while they are at it. Apple has to have someone in the higher ups of who is issuing patents on their payroll. This s**t is just getting well out of hand.
103. Googlethis (Posts: 170; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Time to storm the patent office and take it over with stricter standards for things to actually be patented ontop of that reevaluate all the patents curently filed and toss out alot that have been patented by apple and only keep the ones that are odviouse inovation.
114. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I have to agree with you. If we continue to allow this nonsense, then it lets other companies believe that they can get away with this kind of bs. Somethings got to give!