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#16 Raa


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Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:37

This is great news!

Not for the consumer.

In fact, it's downright stupid. You shouldn't be able to patent plainly obvious things like shapes or actions. :/

#17 Enron


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Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:40

Not for the consumer.

In fact, it's downright stupid. You shouldn't be able to patent plainly obvious things like shapes or actions. :/

Consumers need to suffer.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:41

Yes but enough - this would prove that there was/is prior art and the patent should not be made to stand

The real issue is that fact you can patent a shape to begin with.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:44

Consumers need to suffer.

Could you please explain why?

#20 notuptome2004


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Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:06

i'm going to patent the shape of the oxygen molecule... now all you breathing things need to pay up!

Sorry but i Patent the Atom seu you need to pay up and i sue you for making such false claims on your patent

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:20

Editor’s pick from the comments:

“I think most people don’t understand what it means that this is a design patent – it’s not the same thing as a “regular” patent (a utility patent). Design patents allow a company to get an exclusive right to the form of a functional object so that a 3rd party can’t make a different device with identical appearance (well, not legally at least). Almost every company that puts the time into making a distinctive shape for their devices gets one: Microsoft has one for the Xbox, George Lucas got one for Yoda etc.

Design patents are extremely narrow – you have to do your level best to copy them exactly in order to be found in infringement. Plus, they specifically cannot cover functionality – that has to be covered by a utility patent, if it’s going to be protected. This design patent only protects a “portable display device” (that’s the wording in the Patent itself), and only one with those specific design elements that are shown in the Patent Figures.

I’d be shocked if Apple hadn’t applied for design patents for all of its devices. This really isn’t an issue."

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:34

I thought I was being warwagoned.... son imma dissapoint.

#23 techbeck


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Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:56

Editor’s pick from the comments:

Yea, way different than an XBOX design patent and Yoda. Many different ways to design a game system and Yoda, well....thats a character and again....many different ways to design a characters. So that is why those are non issues. The editor is an idiot. The phone has been a long device since it was invented. Now with smart phones and touch devices, this limits the way a phone can be designed and a broad patent such as this is not a good thing. Are companies expected to design circular/square devices that makes it harder for the consumer to use and hold?

This is stupid that the patent was allowed and you can bet they will use it against others. Already did with Samsung and just a matter of who is next....or who is making lots of money and taking profit/market share away from Apple. This essentially opens the way for Apple to sue the crap out of the competition and make it so no one else can produce a smart phone. Shape patents should not be allowed, period. At least not as broad as the one Apple got. At least Nokia and HTC seem to be playing nice....for now.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:39

threads merged

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:02

doesn't a "rectangle with rounded corners" basically mean its no longer a rectangle.....when are the manufacturers of feminine products gonna sue apple for the use of the word "Pad" or Pea farmers sue apple for the use of the word "Pod"

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:00

Consumers need to suffer.

WTH... Didn't you even think before posting that nonsense.

#27 jakem1


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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:26

Consumers need to suffer.


A lot of people's sarcasm detectors seem to be on the fritz today.

#28 Knife Party

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:14

And our top story Tonite: Apple patents a circular design with rounded corners ! How am I not surprised?, patents = endless money justification whoring of market = death of innovation and competition

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:08

Mr Apple, Please come into my office...



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Posted 10 November 2012 - 14:07

You can patent anything without too much trouble. I bet if someone challenged this patent, it would be overturned.