Man sues Apple over iPad Smart Cover
posted by Charlene S. / Apr 27, 2012, 3:14 PM
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:
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I hope he wins. ...and first.. by the way..
posted on Apr 27, 2012, 3:18 PM 22
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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.
posted on Apr 27, 2012, 3:20 PM 1
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Did Apple Just ‘Borrow’ The Smart Cover Idea From Incase? http://technologer.net/2011/03
posted on Apr 27, 2012, 3:31 PM 3
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Apple will smash this guy in court.
posted on Apr 27, 2012, 5:39 PM 4
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.
posted on Apr 27, 2012, 5:48 PM 2
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The guy should settle out of court - make APPLE purchase a Samsung Galaxy Note and a SG3 for him....
posted on Apr 27, 2012, 6:59 PM 6
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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
posted on Apr 29, 2012, 11:11 AM 0
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