Apple receives patent on the design of the iPhone/iPod

Apple receives patent on the design of the iPhone/iPod
Apple has just received protection from the design of the iPhone and iPod getting ripped off by another company.The Cupertino based firm has received a design hardware patent that protects the "ornamental design" of the devices. The question now is how strictly will Apple use this protection. Since the first-gen iPhone was launched in 2007, the slate design of the handset has been used in many other touchscreen phones although it will be up to Apple to decide how close to the iPhone the competition has to be to get the iPhone maker's legal team prepared for battle. Once Apple does take legal action against a company, it will then be up to the court to make the final determination as to whether there was infringement against the patent. As usual, it means a potential raise for all of the lawyers involved.

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1. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

Yay now apple can sue more people faster! Patent iPods is a good idea. I've seen cheap imitations. Not cool.

2. ilia1986 unregistered

Awesome!!! Now this gives apple a joker card! Every time that some company will make something that is actually a threat to the iphone - Apple wll just sue them over patent violation! :)

3. kjh267

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

3 patents all for suing companies that are actually innovative (cough cough htc)!! apple f*ck you!!

4. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

i just see apple protecting themselves from people like htc. Doesnt the nexus one strike u as a complete copy??

5. kjh267

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

No because unlike the iphone... You can make phone calls with htc's products.. Apple didn't come up with a single technology used for the iphone, the ipad, or any of its products.. People confuse innovation with a compilation of other peoples ideas and that is all apple has ever done

6. ilia1986 unregistered

Oh and of course you cant make calls with the iphone, right? I mean - it's just called an iphone for nothing. And Apple invented multi-touch - because what do you know - they said so themselves, and also patented it. Apple didn't invent capaicitve displays, but hey - it doesn't matter, because they as might as well could have - as the iphone was the first of it's kind to offer a capacitive display in a phone. And it appears you are oblivious of the fact that apple not only sells you a phone - but a complete suit with it - the itunes, which allows you to completely manage your phone from the PC (no other phone manufacturer does that on the same level), almost 200,000 apps that you can get - many of which are for free, as well as an internet platform which you can use without fiddling with wireless connections, 3g settigns and the like - which just got even better with opera mini. So yeah - apple didn't invent all of that - but without it - you would'nt be able to get it in the first place anyway. Companys like Nokia, and Sony erricsson would continue to make shitty keyboard based phones up until that same day now because you dont change a winining horse - heck they continue to do so until this very day. We are lucky Apple came around and kicked them hard in the butt.

7. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

ilia1986- You like it when a company tells you what you can and cant do with a product you PURCHASE? And tells you what kind of apps can go on it, and what kind of audio and video formats you can and cant use, And says you have to buy all accessories and adapters from us or it wont work...? "So yeah - apple didn't invent all of that - but without it - you would'nt be able to get it in the first place anyway." Palm and Microsoft were the first to offer the ability to put 3rd party apps on smartphones...oh snap they also had the first smartphones too! Whoda thunk? Windows mobile was able to sync with Windows media player or even a 3rd party player like Rhapsody. "Nokia, and Sony erricsson would continue to make shitty keyboard based phones " You ever hear of the N900? Or any of its predecessors? Nokia makes some bomb ass phones that beat the shit out of the iPhone. Get off the kool aid brotha

8. ilia1986 unregistered

I supose it would be fruitless to reply to you - seeing your usename - but I will do so anyway. Yes I have 0 problems with what you said - because the company gives me everything I need. 200,000 apps, a free softare to manage them all, and a device with the most comfortable interface ever to exist (you can do almost everything in one touch\click). Now, your comment about being restricted about having aps only from appstore would be true - if we would disregard the very tiny fact that the appstore is the biggest freaking mobile application store out there by a huge margin! I dont see any lack of choice in that. Regarding formats - I have no problem converting my videos to MPEG4. You do? thats too bad. Regarding accessories and adapters - you already have everythign in your case - why would you need anything else? The smartphones which were before the iphone, were slow, buggy, and extremely unconfortable. Thats a fact - not an opinion. And none of them had even 10th the amount of apps that the appstore has now. I dodnt say apple invented the smartphone - but they certainly reinvented it. Because what do you know - only after the iphome came out did touch screens in phones - and smartphones in general became realy popular. the N900 uses a resistive touchscreen, has access only to the Ovi store (which has like what -5k apps?) and otherwise has no any other advantage on the current iphone other than the camera - a fact which is resolved in the next iphone wihcih will have 5mp. So you can use your N900 as a very expensive brick for paperholdng thank-you-very-much.

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Apple didn't invent multi-touch, they patented it for the iPhone. Look it up on the net, there was a group who came up with the multi-touch idea in 1983 and got it to work on a device around 1986. And it's suite, not suit. Apple is more about innovative design and ease of use, not coming up with new tech. In that area they tweak whats already in place to make it innovative. Otherwise how did the term syncing come about before Apple came up with iTunes?

10. ilia1986 unregistered

Okay, I stand corrected - Apple didn't invent multi-touch. However, they put it in a phone with a capacitive touchscreen for the first time.. That might not be the official definition of an invention - but if someone were to invent a circular object, and would call it a wheel - and then another person would strap 2 pairs of them to a chasis, and strap a horse to it - to make it actually useful - wouldn't the second person be considered an inventor as well?

11. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

ilia1986, you have to understand that no matter what you say, people will always hate on Apple.

12. ilia1986 unregistered

I realize that. This is true regarding everthing else in life.. However, we should be thankful that Apple knows exactly what their customers want without listening to those nay-sayers and whiners.

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I don't hate Apple, I own an iPod Classic, looking at getting an iPod Touch. What I have a problem with is blind fanatacism. Take the iPad, a lot of people are wondering what it would be used for. When asked in time the same question in Time magazine, Steve Jobs said he didn't know what it's use would be. Normally when you build something you have an idea what it's use is. It's almost like he said "Let's make an iPod touch 5 times bigger, it'll sell great!" His subordinate says "isn't that a touchscreen notebook?" "So, as long as it has our classic design & the Apple logo on the back people will buy 'em like crazy!" That's what I have a problem with.

14. ilia1986 unregistered

While I agree to your general idea, I hardly believe that this is the case. No company builds a product without it knowing its exact or specific purpose. That just doesn't happen. And certainly almost no consumer buys a product if it is useless to him\her just because its from a certain company. Apple is creating a lot of hype, true. But people usually don't buy products just out of hype. There are about half a million ipads sold by now by Apple.. Lets assume that about 10th of that number bought the product just out of hype (which is a huge overestimation imo) - the rest oviously need the ipad for some reason or another. I persoanally think that the ipad offers little to me - but thats obviously not true to all those who bought it.

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