Apple gets design patents for the Apple iPhone 4 and the Apple iPad 2 among other things
posted by Alan F. / Dec 04, 2012, 6:12 PM
phone, but actually hurt the functionality of the device. Holding the phone in the left hand created what was to become known as the "left-handed death grip" which caused attenuation of the antenna and a loss of signal strength. The term "Antennagate"was coined. Although Apple denied that the problem existed, Apple eventually sent out free rubber bumpers to owners of the phone to prevent the user's body from interfering with the antenna.
The patents can only bolster Apple's intellectual property portfolio, which it has been swinging around lately. On Thursday, Judge Lucy Koh will hear post-trial motions from both Apple and Samsung related to the first heavyweight battle between the two, while the two companies prepare for another trial to take place in 2014.
source: FreePatentsOnline via BGR
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Patents, patents everywhere.
posted on Dec 04, 2012, 6:30 PM 3
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No one wants to copy an outdated design anyway.
posted on Dec 04, 2012, 6:59 PM 15
Apparently Samsung did at one point.
posted on Dec 04, 2012, 7:54 PM 2
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The problem is apple patent is too generic and can be use to cover many areas that apple may not originally have thought off. Their goal is to limit their competitions from innovating.
posted on Dec 04, 2012, 8:01 PM 9
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He got a patent for the i4 antenna design? The one that was the reason apple ended up giving their customers the bumpers so their hands wouldn't short it out? If I were Jobs I'd be as happy as the guy who got the patent for the square wheel.
posted on Dec 04, 2012, 9:20 PM 0
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WTF !!! Patent "Apple iPhone 4/4S bumpers", looks like they are going after the bumper/protective case market next. There goes 1,000,000 + eBay ads for 99c cases, soon you there will be only one $99 model from Apple
posted on Dec 04, 2012, 9:47 PM 0
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