Man sues Apple over iPad Smart Cover

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:


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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16 Comments

1. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I hope he wins. ...and first.. by the way..

4. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

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

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I also hope that he will win. So who is now copycat??? :)

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

3. MAS10X

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

Sorry man, I pressed thumb down by mistake

5. MEeee

Posts: 383; Member since: Oct 19, 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/

6. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 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.

8. jimjam unregistered

It is a cover not a case. Sorry.

9. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Apple will smash this guy in court.

12. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

We need positive thinking!

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

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.

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

15. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 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

16. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

At least now Apple should quit claming others copycat.

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