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Apple receives patent for original Apple iPad design; it's one more arrow in the quiver

0. phoneArena 17 Oct 2012, 14:43 posted on

Apple has received another round of ammunition it can use in its legal battles against Samsung, a patent from the USPTO for the original design of the Apple iPad; the application was made one day before Steve Jobs introduced the product and the patent is credited to Steve Jobs and Jony Ive among others...

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posted on 17 Oct 2012, 14:45 28

1. Hammerfest (Posts: 383; Member since: 12 May 2012)


USPTO: proving once again, money reigns supreme... along with stupidity, cant forget stupidity!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 14:51

2. sena7 (Posts: 29; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


speaking purely objectively, those two statements are decidedly opposite to today's capitalistic world.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:11 15

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


Oh let them keep their napkin design; we don't want that horiiD bulky iBrick anyway!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 19:12 2

24. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14191; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Actually protection of one's property reigns supreme.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 10:04 2

38. medicci37 (Posts: 1287; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Well Mxyzptlk, I don't think you have 2 worry about anybody wanting to steal your intellectual property.Even Apple isn't that desperate :-)

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 22:03 2

33. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


We have a dearh of Apple fanboys here :O
The discussions always tilt in favour of Android
We need more iFans to spice up the discussions
(ME - I prefer Android in the overall picture)

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 14:51

3. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Who cares, I'm happy they didn't patent edge2edge rearflat candybar looking phones
like the Sharp Aquos!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:52 1

16. theBankRobber (Posts: 681; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


What's wrong with that? Its better to have something to protect yourself from a company like Apple instead of suing everyone over something so generic.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 14:59 8

4. ibap (Posts: 765; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


So is my black leather folder that holds a pad of paper and a pen in danger too?

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:02 3

7. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Perhaps if it has a clear plastic window panel on it allowing you to see the internals then yes the folder manufacturer could quite obviously had the sheer cheek to copy apples beloved generic black rectangle design

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 14:59 14

5. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


More stupidity again,its pretty much certain the patent means anything "rectangular and black" and nearing 9.7 inches in size is a copy of the ipad.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:13 1

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


Is it really 9.7 inches?

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:00 1

6. ibap (Posts: 765; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Was Microsoft aware of this and that is why the Surface has such an odd form factor?

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:26 1

12. Aeires (unregistered)


And Xoom.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:03 1

8. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


If you get bored, check out some of the other design patents Apple references in this one. Everything from a woman's compact to the LG EnV.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:22 3

11. schelle (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


What's next ? A patent of the Weel !!! Stuped m...

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:27 11

13. Aeires (unregistered)


Thank God the automotive industry doesn't work this way, if it did we'd all be driving Edsel's.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 19:15 1

26. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14191; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Apple isn't putting a gun to everyone's head and forcing them to buy their products. They are only protecting their own inventions. They aren't stopping competitors from coming out with their own devices as long as they don't copy their designs.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 20:46 4

30. BrockSamson (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Except that it isn't their invention and are they aren't doing this to protect themselves...

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 22:05

39. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


So according to you, we didn't have rectangular phones/tablets before the iPad, pinch to zoom, rounded corners, etc on a phone before Apple's iPhone (and iPad).

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:44 4

14. schelle (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Apple have had their glory moment, take it like a man and realize that you no longer are the best. And let other evolve and earn money in an honest way !!!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:47 3

15. DOGIEFRESH (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


If this happen to be to other way around like SGSIII patent granted for 4.7 inch plastic design Fandroids will be cheering like world series parade and call it the most fair thing ever in US trade history....!!!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 16:01 9

17. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


People are so quick to jump down Apple's throat not because they filed for or were granted design patents, but because they're trying to litigate them. Every device maker has a right to patent his design, but Apple is the only one who used a very simple design patent to try to force a main competitor completely out of "its" market.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 16:12 3

18. CDGMobile (Posts: 29; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


We all know that every company files patents but the problem with Apple is that it is the first to sue for the infringement of intellectual property, even though they themselves do the same, well just have to wait to see if Apple can just not sue anyone over this particular patent. Personally I'm hoping they prove me wrong and stay out of court

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 19:20 2

28. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


I agree. Too bad, knowing that a monopolistic company such as apple will always enforce the rules. No matter. I'm very sure many companies can come up with a better design than the iPad.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 16:49 1

19. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


US Patents just wanted your money, they didn't care if it is a none working products. Your money can buy a patent on anything and ideas. This Patent Laws are useless in actually life only to stall new technology and innovative.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:13

36. CDGMobile (Posts: 29; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


This is very true Som, the patent laws are made just to fund useless parts of companies, and the legal system. That money should be redirected into the R and D departments, if people actually focused on making new products instead of saying hey you copied me we'd be way farther as a culture

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 17:23 2

20. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


The good news for Apple - They received the patents
The bad news for competitions - Apple will rampage with lawsuits

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 17:50 2

21. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


I don't see this as bad news. The patent should be exactly the ipad design, not the bull s**t one that is so generic that everyone is being sued with.

No round home button? No same speaker placement or connector? Done, not infringed.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 18:18 3

22. flamencoguy (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)


It is a very unfair world. Motorola, Samsung and Nokia does all the hard work to come up with the real inventions to allow phones to work with 3G, 4G LTE and other real scientific discoveries. But because they are part of a standard they are deemed to be FRAND patents and get very little royalties for them. Also they are obligated to license them to virtually any one. By contrast Apple's patents are gimicky,simple, obvious and used mainly to ward off competition.
Fact: Apple receive 676 patents in 2011 Samsung over 4000 just behind IBM.
Apple received 4100 patents in the previous 10 years average 410 a year.
I bet most of them are about as substantial as the "slide to unload' and "rubber band effect" ones.
To Apple fans: we don't hate Apple just because we are envious. It is because they are sly and slippery. They used "reality distortion field" developed by Steve Jobs.

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