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#16 BoredBozirini

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 17:48

This is a laptop from 8 years ago. And it was very very sexy for that time.

And the point isn't whether or not you like it. The point is that thanks to technology devices can be designed in a certain way. This patent should HAVE NEVER been granted to Apple.

It reeks of corruption at the patent office and preferential treatment towards Apple that is devastating to the technology industry and consumers. One company that is severely anti-competitive and destructive to innovation and wants to ban everyone else based on these broad patents is something that needs to be investigated at patent office.

Who is allowing Apple to patent these broad patents. This is not the first time. Most of the patent lawsuits Apple is doing now are similarly broad that should have never been patented. That's why Apple is going through ITC, because with ITC those bans are not subject to questioning patents they would most likely have gotten nullified.


Again, the patent is not as general as you make it seem. Looks like you do not know how design patents work. You just see the drawings and jump to conclusions.


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Posted 07 June 2012 - 17:49

Again, the patent is not as general as you make it seem. Looks like you do not know how design patents work. You just see the drawings and jump to conclusions.


Of course it is. That's why every article is pointing out how broad this patent is.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 17:50

This ugly thing?

You. must. be. joking.

Edit. Oh you meant this one: http://news.cnet.com...0020535-64.html

Again, you. must. be. joking.


Yes, the 505. The hinge is irrelevant, as per the patent. Apple did not release the first wedge shaped computer.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 17:51

How in the world did they ever get this approved? I guess the patent office is no less corrupt than the rest of government...

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 17:52

Not to mention that from technical standpoint, if you want to make a laptop super thin, you simply have no other way but to go wedge design because you make the parts of the laptop super thin where you don't have a lot of electronics and the rest is a bit thicker forming a wedge.

This is absurd.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 17:55

yes.. relevant to the discussion

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#22 BoredBozirini

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 17:56

Not to mention that from technical standpoint, if you want to make a laptop super thin, you simply have no other way but to go wedge design because you make the parts of the laptop super thin where you don't have a lot of electronics and the rest is a bit thicker forming a wedge.

This is absurd.


Or companies can innovate. The Dell Adamo says hi.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 17:57

It reeks of corruption at the patent office and preferential treatment towards Apple that is devastating to the technology industry and consumers. One company that is severely anti-competitive and destructive to innovation and wants to ban everyone else based on these broad patents is something that needs to be investigated at patent office. This is not about copying, this is about preventing everyone else to create sexy, thin laptops with wedge designs that would kill Apple's business because they would be cheaper and the competition among manufacturers would benefit consumers and Apple's high profit margins.


Since when was a wedge design the most optimal design? Surely we can eventually do better than that and do away with a wedge. When another manufacturer can outdo Apple in the thinness department then they're entitled to a design patent if their method is truly unique.

Of course, that is dependent on the miniaturization trend of today and whether consumers can accept moving away from corded peripherals if we plan to have machines thinner than a USB port.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 17:58

Or companies can innovate. The Dell Alamo says hi.

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The Adamo wasn't very innovative and was an attempt to cash-in on the MacBook's success.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 17:59

The Adamo wasn't very innovative and was an attempt to cash-in on the MacBook's success.


Still it was thin and did not have a design like the MacBook Air.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 18:01

yes.. relevant to the discussion

did you just disprove your whole arguement? Since Sony holds the design patent for these, guess it means Sony is the one that should be getting all the flame. Or is possible that your apple hate is making you generalize the patent in question?

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 18:03

Still it was thin and did not have a design like the MacBook Air.

Because it was taking after the MacBook, not the MacBook Air.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 18:09

How in the world did they ever get this approved? I guess the patent office is no less corrupt than the rest of government...


Free ipads?

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 18:12

Not to mention that from technical standpoint, if you want to make a laptop super thin, you simply have no other way but to go wedge design because you make the parts of the laptop super thin where you don't have a lot of electronics and the rest is a bit thicker forming a wedge.

The first Macbook Air didn't really have the wedge shape of the newer version, or at least it was much less pronounced.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 18:18

All patents and copyrights need to go. Let the human race flourish unimpeded by creativity strangling, government issued monopolies.