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Man sues Apple over iPad Smart Cover

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Man sues Apple over iPad Smart Cover
The United States Patent and Trademark Office may have granted Apple a design patent for its iPad Smart Covers yesterday, but a Colorado man is claiming Apple’s popular iPad accessory violates a utility patent he already owns.

Jerald Bovino of Aspen received a patent in 2005 for a “Portable Computer Case.” The claim cites that Apple’s Smart Covers feature a “rib” that is detailed in and protected by US patent 6,977,809. Both Bovino’s case and Apple’s magnetic covers feature ribbed designs, but it seems that Bovino’s complaint revolves around the function rather than the design element.

A few of the Bovino’s claims from his patent filing are:

A portable computer comprising: an openable case defining an exterior surface for holding the computer; and a plurality of resilient ribs positioned on said exterior surface of said case wherein said resilient ribs protects said computer from wear and tear during the transporting and use of the computer.

The computer of claim 1 wherein the resilient ribs are comprised of a material selected form the group of rubber, urethane or nylon.

The computer of claim 1 wherein said plurality of resilient ribs are positioned on the case in locations to absorb impacts that can effect the operation or functioning of the computer.

A portable computer comprising: an openable case defining an exterior surface for holding the computer; a plurality of resilient ribs positioned on the exterior surface of said case, and a resilient material positioned on at least a portion of the exterior surface of the case, the resilient material and resilient ribs protect the computer form wear and tear during the transporting and use of the computer.

It remains to be seen what kind of chance Bovino stands against the Cupertino giant, especially considering Apple is constantly involved in patent disputes around the world and is more or less a pro in the intellectual property arena.

Man sues Apple over iPad Smart Cover
Man sues Apple over iPad Smart Cover


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posted on 27 Apr 2012, 15:18 22

1. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I hope he wins.

...and first.. by the way..

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 15:30 1

4. itiswhatitis (Posts: 422; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


i wish i could tumb you up and down but since i couldn't i tumb u up instead!

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 16:31 6

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I also hope that he will win.

So who is now copycat??? :)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 15:20 1

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5751; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


It is going to be a stretch for Bovino to prevail. If he had patented a detachable cover that was connected to the case of the computer by at least two magnetic attachment points, it would be a completely different matter. Of course, there would be the inevitable challenges based on prior art, but that is another issue.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 15:29

3. MAS10X (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


Sorry man, I pressed thumb down by mistake

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 15:31 3

5. MEeee (Posts: 232; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Did Apple Just ‘Borrow’ The Smart Cover Idea From Incase?

http://technologer.net/2011/03/03/did-apple-just-borrow-the-smart-cover-idea-from-incase/

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 15:57

6. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


I remember when they introduced this "case" and could have sworn Apple just bough the patent rights from them and just renamed the patent but I'm guessing not.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 16:49

8. jimjam (Posts: 238; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


It is a cover not a case. Sorry.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 17:39 4

9. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Apple will smash this guy in court.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 19:38 3

12. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


We need positive thinking!

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 02:56 2

13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Don't be so sure, in the past Apple already has lost some cases against individual people. So, maybe...

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 17:48 2

10. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I kind of see why he brought this case on...but it seems like he is more angry about the design and not the function. The ribs in the SmartCover is for it to fold, not so much for extra protection. But I'm not a patent lawyer. I just don't think this guy has a case.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 18:59 6

11. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


The guy should settle out of court - make APPLE purchase a Samsung Galaxy Note and a SG3 for him....

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 02:57 1

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


He could ern more money from his patent than any other phone cost!

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 11:11

15. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Who the hell cares where the idea came from, the only thing that matters for me is that the smart cover is a very good thing which protects the ipad screen and also eing functional. Let people say whatever they want to but only ipad made this thing extremely useful not those patents which were getting trashed in the patent files.

why just make a patent and let is stink, why not use use it and make it functional

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 13:55 2

16. adi4u4882 (Posts: 135; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


At least now Apple should quit claming others copycat.

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