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    Angry Mega Facepalm:Apple New patent

    In an move for which no level of facepalm can suffice, the USPTO granted Apple a patent for a rectangle with rounded corners last week. Regardless of how ridiculous it may sound, sadly itís true. According to patent no. D670,286, design rights for a ďportable display deviceĒ with an external shape that is a rectangle with rounded corners are now owned by Apple. See for yourself:



    Note that only the solid line is part of the patented design; the dotted lines serve as mere reference, or more likely influence, to make it look more like a patentable product, but who exactly are they fooling here? The USPTO, apparently.

    What makes it even more inexplicable is the fact that design patents are almost always quite specific, to the extent that anyone else would really need to replicate that particular design in order to infringe upon it. In this case however, nothing else but the rounded cornered rectangular shape is patentedóno buttons, no back shape, no screen shape, not even the radius of the rounded corner. This in itself raises questions about the practical validity of this patent, and whether those in charge of putting a stamp on this patent application were under the influence or in the reality distortion field.

    As most of you may know, this isnít the first time Apple has resorted to something like this. The company has had a history of getting overly broad and non-essential patents, trying to license them to its competitors, and taking to court those who fail to comply. Such broad patents awarded to Apple in the past were at times deemed as invalid by the USPTO after further investigations but the damage was done by that time, in form of import bans on competitors for the products initially declared as infringing. In the end, itís the consumers who suffer from all of this.

    So what should be the course of action from here? As discussed recently by egzthunder1 in The Weekly Apple Fail Update, both the USPTO and the US justice system should take cues from the UK, extract their heads from their rears, and take a closer look at what is being examined before awarding a patent or a ruling. Untill that happens, letís keep our fingers crossed and hope that Apple doesnít start taking all tablet and smartphone manufacturers to court for infringing upon this one.
    Patent System Fail: All your Rectangle with Rounded Corners are Belong to Apple – xda-developers
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    Default Re: Mega Facepalm:Apple New patent

    what will happen to External HDD's then?

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    Default Re: Mega Facepalm:Apple New patent

    Apple has gone MAD!
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    Day by day this patent system is becoming more and more ridiculous. If this post wasn't in this section of the forum i would have thought that it was just a random sarcastic post and yes it's that ridiculous.
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    Default Re: Mega Facepalm:Apple New patent

    I should start a company, and patent notifcation bar and sue apple
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    Default Re: Mega Facepalm:Apple New patent

    Quote Originally Posted by Gearbox View Post
    what will happen to External HDD's then?
    Maybe they will have to do with Square Shape or maybe a parallelogram . Well parallelogram shaped HDDs would be fun to own . I am waiting for the time when apple will start patenting measurement of the arc of the rounded corners.
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    Default Re: Mega Facepalm:Apple New patent

    That first comment in the article...so much win!
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    Default Re: Mega Facepalm:Apple New patent

    screw you lifebuoy...
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    Default Re: Mega Facepalm:Apple New patent

    Lol...the first comment in xda
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    http://a2graphz.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/apple-patents-rectanglewith-rounded-corners-are-belong-to-apple/

    http://a2graphz.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/apple-patents-rectanglewith-rounded-corners-are-belong-to-apple/
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