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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119. Googlethis (Posts: 170; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Im more worried about is limiting the choices people have and how inovation would work. if there is no compition whats the point of trying to make a better product than the compition. yes they will still toss out a few bones for the customer every once in a while but there will be no true advance ment that there is right now between ios and android each trying to create a better product than the other company. if apple got what they want wich is no compition they will be hurting th consumer.
ps im not anti iphone or anti android im a fan of both devices cause there both great devices but i am not a fan of apple the company and there anti competative ways.
111. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Seriously!! What is this world coming to?
112. rsiders (Posts: 301; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
This has got to be the dumbest patent ever. Chill out Apple. It's not that serious!
116. networkdood (Posts: 6325; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Proof that APPLE is losing its marketing grip....
121. alxcsb (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
I remember back in 1998, my first phone, was a F***ING rectangle with rounded corners. My TV, computer monitor, my phones, the devices I use at work, everything that has a display, before and after iPhone 2007, is a freaking rectangle with rounded corners. Only Americans are stupid and ignorant enough to award such a patent. Secondly, does this patent apply in US of A only, or will I have to pay apple in pure gold when I put some pictures in frames or buy an ice cream sandwich in the UK?
128. So-Sayz-Eye (Posts: 30; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
If a company gets sued over these vague patients they should file a lawsuit against the US patent office for approving it.
129. garz_pa (Posts: 154; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Outrageous grant by the USPTO!! It's like Ford has been granted a patent for a vehicle with four wheels!
131. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
When the iCar hits the streets, Ford will feel the wrath of the fruit.
130. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
If apple wants to patent something, it should be the words 'tyrant' and 'dictator'. It's something they know very well and no one else wants the rights to...well...until ms can gain some ground in market share that is.
133. Googlethis (Posts: 170; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
How do we start petitions overturn a current patent. Or are we not capable of doing so.
134. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
apple is being unfair... unfair to innovation with this patient! this is realyl a pretty stupid! why? coz all devices should be comfortable to the hands! you want to hold an oblong device?
apple, i love you but this is stupid! you're being unfair to everyone!
136. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
Don't be mad at Apple people...they didn't approve this themselves. Somebody thought they had some validity behind this patent.
137. Googlethis (Posts: 170; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
The simple fact that they had balls to file this patent bad enough the fact that it was passed shows patent system is either got employies on apples pay roll or the rules need redone to stop anti competetive actions. Come on curved edges and a rectangle cost 30 dollars or what ever apple wants charge per phone while they believe actual technology patents that alow cellular phones to work frand or not should only be a dollar or so per phone thats a load of crap.
148. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
Even tho people look for any reason conceivable to blame Apple (whether it makes sense or not) for anything under the sun I'm going to go w/the latter & say that the rules need to be redone. It's interesting that a patent that ridiculous would even be entertained. Apple is only doing what any money hungry business would do, no harm in asking...right? They proposed a patent to a board of people who felt it should be approved...so how is Apple at fault? The reasoning behind why the board of individuals actually approved the patent should be the bigger question...but yet ppl go for the bait & blame Apple (the usual tunnel vision android fans).
149. Googlethis (Posts: 170; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
I blame both apple and the patent sytem dont get me wrong believe it or not i would be just as mad samsung or motorola if i saw similar patents in there arsonal. dont know if there are any patents similar to this patent point them out ill rant about it better yet give me a link to wear you found it ill read it research it so on so forth.
140. xfire99 (Posts: 570; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
Tips to Apple, patent color white and black, glass back and thin. Then u can sue all god damn all companys for infringing yours patents.
Freaking joke company.
145. Googlethis (Posts: 170; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Don't give them more ideas to patent rubish. ontop of that i thought they already had a patent on glass back and black slabs.
141. Mfa901 (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
143. Droids-R-us (Posts: 12; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)
Definitely need an overhaul of the patent system, nearly all designs from apple already existed in some form (Star trek pad, LG shotcuts and widgets, Sony phone flat continuous screen and touch screen functions) plus a bunch of other stuff too but non of these manufacturers sued apple at the time! How can you patent a rounded corner? Perhaps the makers of star trek should sue apple now! Better still all these and current manufacturers ETC should get together and do to Apple what it has done to everyone else.....Sue the living daylights out of them!
144. Droids-R-us (Posts: 12; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)
And while I am having a moan, what about Apple suing Ifone for having a similar name yet ifone patented their name in 2003, 4 years before the first iphone was ever made! Suing someone for inventing something 4 years before them?
146. ddeath (Posts: 163; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)
Looks like this has no doubt proven what I have always think... Someone high up in the patent office$ love$ Apple. Love$ it $$$$OOO much!
150. Droids-R-us (Posts: 12; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)
I think we "should" blame apple for trying to patent a rounded corner, it is simply wrong to try and patent a conventional shape and in doing so unfairly cripple any competition, it is apple that put the patent forward so they deserve the criticism for doing so. Just as much as the people who approved it. I would have the same criticism of any manufacturer who did the same thing. Come on apple fans don't you see how you are being herded by a money grabbing corporation hell bent on destroying everyone else and taking lots of your money for products that are restrictive, limited customization's, hardware always technologically behind, less features and the exact opposite of OPEN, Yet still they can get you keep buying their products and stand up to defend them with you life because they look pretty (and keep telling you they are the best)! Check the spec sheet guys :)