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: 6013; 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: 10457; 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: 4455; 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: 1515; 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: 52; 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: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Surprise surprise, the US Judicial System policing the mobile world.
36. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; 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: 160; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
Utterly ridiculous. Could they not think of any better thing to do? Geez, Apple.
44. Mfa901 (Posts: 282; 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: 4455; 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: 444; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
Some one at the patent office just remodeled their kitchen and got a new deck
50. rallyguy (Posts: 620; 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: 149; 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: 149; 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: 764; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
But still they don't have that patent for 'facetime' .............. :)
59. vijaysivakula (Posts: 224; 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!