Google didn't "believe 'rounded corners' were patentable"

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Google may have come out and said that Apple's victory against Samsung won't have an effect on the Android ecosystem as a whole, but it seems that the company has still learned a lesson from the ordeal. In fact, Google's Vice President for Corporate Development David Lawee said that the verdict was a "wake up call" to the company. 

According to Lawee, Google needs to do more in order to avoid the "thermonuclear war" that Steve Jobs wanted. Specifically, Google needs to be more proactive about filing patents on its own products in order to combat Apple, just purchasing patents from other companies like Motorola isn't enough. Apparently, it was a problem of following rules that Google wanted to be law rather than the ones that were law. 

Lawee told Bloomberg that Google "didn't really believe 'rounded corners' were patentable," and "just didn't buy into that notion of protecting your IP." As a result, Google didn't patent enough of its own technology, and didn't build up its own patent portfolio.

Of course, Google still hopes that the law will change, and Lawee says he hopes "that we're kinda over the hump in terms of how people value patents, and the 'thermonuclear' world is not the world we're going to live in."

It's a nice dream, but unfortunately, it's not up to companies like Google and Apple (outside of lobbying efforts), but rather the USPTO and the government to change the laws. 

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37 Comments

1. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

LOL google you say the darndest things (:

14. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Why on earth would any one want to patent rounded corners phone? An Edge2Edge phone looks much concept and contempt, stylish, and sexy; it's like SONY. high-end Plasma TVs they don't have rounded corners. Recall the Nokia N74 concept! Italian and German concept iPhone, there all Edge2Edge, with rear flat back....!

2. Droiddoes unregistered

Give them enough iCash and they'll patent the letter 'E' for you. Disgusting broken system being taken advantage of by a disgusting company.

5. MeoCao unregistered

Absolutely agree, you just don't simply file the application for rounded corners and get the patent. You have to pay over the top, much over the top to get it. I think the system is not only broken, it's corrupted.

32. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Disgusting Rotten Apple Inc. I will stop buying iphones ithis ithat ietc.

3. wendygarett unregistered

I'm afraid I have to agree what Google say... Whether it is rectangular or not it shouldn't be patented...

4. MrWilli5

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

wowwww what has the world come to

6. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

I think wendygarett needs to put back her avatar :) your so much hotter than that apple haha

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

No, you're right, these comment sections go way better when we have five guys hitting on Wendy over a profile picture that's not even of her. /sarcasm

25. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Wendy is probably a dude trolling all of you.

27. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Quite possibly. Or she could be a woman. Either way it's a perfect example of why women hate using internet forums and identifying themselves as such.

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

she's not a woman. we called "her" on multiple pictures which ended up being Vietnamese models

11. wendygarett unregistered

But I personally think that Apple logo is hotter... Sorry for my fanboyism

17. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

SONY SIGN LOOKS WAY MUCH BETTER! WHY COMPROMISE LIKE NO OTHERS

28. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

like this one? o wait you mean "SONY" got cha ;) haha sony ftw.......yet again!

18. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

:( *sighs*

26. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Told you guys dude

30. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

wendy im startin to think you are bipolar LOL how are you gonna say you are a fan"girl" of apple after that "apple vs samsung" trial that you were apart of with us??? why apple now? cuz iphone 5 is gonna be here soon? sigh.......... pic a side and if you can help it.......please be wise and stay with android so we dont have to rag on you in the future for being with that corrupt company...........Jus sayin

31. wendygarett unregistered

Is being an Apple fans is wrong??

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

who said wendy was a girl??? my assumption is that it's a sad internet troll like some crunchy spanish sounding jerk that we all know... just disguised with a feminine name and a chick's picture most of the time. Amazing how when she got called on using a Vietnamese chick's picture "she" changed it to an apple icon.

15. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

is wendygareet really a girl? True her old Avatar was nice, with nice big b♡♡b$!

19. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Haha exactly why it should be put up..... But good question though.

20. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Could be a dude.. watch it , lol

22. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Lol yeah. A 60 year old dude

24. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

she makes a comment on every post, she's on PA 247 kinda.

7. C-LouD

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

"Hey, the CEO of Samsung have rounded head, let's sue him!!!"

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Sounds like Google waited too long to do legal research, which I can't entirely blame them for. Rounded corners should not be patentable. On a larger scale, their naivete over the need to patent the s**t out of everything they do so that they don't get their asses sued off is quite endearing.

10. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

His last name is Lawee, you would think he would know a thing or two about laws.

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Maybe APPLE should also patent the art of thievery....

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

DAMN STRAIGHT they weren't patentable

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