Dutch court finds rounded corners on Samsung tablets don't infringe on Apple's design
posted by Alan F. / Jan 16, 2013, 10:55 AM
In the U.S., Apple owns patent Patent number D670,286 issued by the USPTO for "the ornamental design for a portable display device," which basically covers a rectangular device with a screen and rounded corners. The U.S. patent does not offer Apple protection in the Hague. Samsung issued a statement that said that it does not feel that Apple was the first company to use rounded corners, essentially stating that prior art should invalidate any patent Apple has received for the design.
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The Stanley Kubrick Foundantion should be rewarded at least 400 billion Dollars by Apple, Samsung and Asus for inventing the tablet.
posted on Jan 16, 2013, 11:06 AM 2
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Or the Ancient Egypt Artifact Preservation Society, since they were using tablets back then... I thing the concept.of electronic tablets predated even 2001:ASO
posted on Jan 16, 2013, 11:45 AM 7
How stupid the accusation of "copying the rounded corner" can be?
posted on Jan 16, 2013, 11:07 AM 24
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In US it is not considered stupid.
posted on Jan 16, 2013, 11:09 AM 6
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On the same level as that ludacrous "Slide to Unlock" patent Apple must have never seen a bra or a door latch (back in the days) when they filed the patent
posted on Jan 16, 2013, 11:20 AM 6
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Well that's not shocking news. Everyone knows Apple is going to lose court cases outside the US because judges in foreign countries know BS from legitimate patents and evidence. Samsung: 1 Apple: 0
posted on Jan 16, 2013, 11:13 AM 12
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Mxyzptlk...you can stop hidding now. You can show us how the rounded corners are copied by Samsung...
posted on Jan 16, 2013, 11:57 AM 3
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wow. us, Americans are so smart. and we rewarded rounded corners patent to a company that didnt invent it and rewarded them 1B dollar in court too. we are so smart. :(
posted on Jan 16, 2013, 12:33 PM 5
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the Etch-A-Scetch have a rectangular design with rounded corners and a screen? All sarcasm aside, this is where the patent system has really gone astray. Technology patents are one thing, but patenting a basic shape (rectangle with rounded corners) that we see everyday is boneheaded. If they want a design patent, it should have to included everything, bezel width, button shape and their placement, sensor and camera location, and the design must include front AND back, and for infringement to occur it must be copied EXACTLY as it is in it's entirety. Just saying rectangle with rounded corners and a screen is extremely vague. It's like getting a patent for a personal enclosed conveyance and leaving it at that. That would've destroyed the car,truck, RV, yacht, small airplane, and helicopter industries in one shot.
posted on Jan 16, 2013, 2:29 PM 4
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Well said. Now can we stop all the bickering about how these companies suck? Let them innovate and over charge us. Lol
posted on Jan 16, 2013, 2:55 PM 0
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