Microsoft granted US patent on Surface tablet design

Microsoft's design for its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets have received a lot of praise and Microsoft went through a number of prototypes before it settled on the final case. This week, the US Patent and Trademark Office posted up word on its website that Microsoft has been granted a patent on its Surface case.

The listing shows that the patent for the design was actually filed with the patent office on May 12, 2012, about a month before Microsoft officially revealed the Surface in June 2012. You can check out some other images from the patent application below. One of those drawings includes the built in kickstand that is one of the signature elements of the tablet.

In addition to the Surface design patent, Microsoft was also awarded a number of other patents in the US this week for the Surface's UI design, along with patents related to the Windows Phone 8 UI this week. Microsoft clearly wants to protect the design of its new tablet against competitors and as we saw earlier this month, at least one Chinese PC maker is attempting to launch a clone of the Surface Pro tablet.

Source: US Patent and Trademark Office | Image via Microsoft
Via: Patent Bolt

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In addition to the Surface design patent, Microsoft was also awarded a number of other patents in the US this week for the Surface's UI design, along with patents related to the Windows Phone 8 UI this week.

LMAO! So Microsoft actually thinks some other company would want to use their hideous Metro crap? MS can take their 16 color interface and shove it up their ass.

runningnak3d said,

LMAO! So Microsoft actually thinks some other company would want to use their hideous Metro crap? MS can take their 16 color interface and shove it up their ass.

Last I checked, Metro wasn't 16 bit.

Just sayin', dude.

runningnak3d said,
LMAO! So Microsoft actually thinks some other company would want to use their hideous Metro crap? MS can take their 16 color interface and shove it up their ass.

Where have you been?
Other companies are indeed copying the modern UI look and feel in websites the world over.

Dot Matrix said,

Last I checked, Metro wasn't 16 bit.

I didn't say 16 bit. 16 bit would be 65536 colors. I said 16 *color* interface (IE: 4 bits). You can set your screen color depth to 32 bit color if you want, but that doesn't change the fact that Microsoft chose to only use ~16 colors for their ****ed up, hideous interface.

Just sayin', dude.

rippleman said,
if apple patents their design, the world cries, if MS patents their design everyone understands.... stupid people....

Depends if MS uses their patents to block and sue the competition or not. Some of Apples patent claims were ridiculous.

rippleman said,
if apple patents their design, the world cries, if MS patents their design everyone understands.... stupid people....

You must have just gotten onto the internet very recently because since 1995+ everyone thinks its fashionable to hate on everything Microsoft does and Apple up until very recently was considered an underdog that everyone threw lavish praises to no matter what they did. Apple has lost some of that due to how large they have become.

Looks like they patented smaller Surface designs as well. Cannot see a smaller Surface tho. They keyboard is already take a little to get used to. They would have to make the kb smaller and would be hard to type on then.

Hmm. So Apple owns rounded edges and Microsoft owns sharp angled edges. Good luck designing something that isn't either of them.

Meph said,
Hmm. So Apple owns rounded edges and Microsoft owns sharp angled edges. Good luck designing something that isn't either of them.

Right.... because that's clearly what they patented...
Perhaps you should actually read the patents before spewing nonsense.

Partially that IS what was patented. MS now has rights to that particular ornamental design and can more easily go after companies that try to make similar tablets, e.g. angled edges with kickstand.

Salutary7 said,
Partially that IS what was patented. MS now has rights to that particular ornamental design and can more easily go after companies that try to make similar tablets, e.g. angled edges with kickstand.

As long as somebody doesn't design a tablet verbatim, they'll be fine. And if they do, then all their designers need to be fired and they deserve to be sued. There are infinite amount of ways to design a tablet, so these patents should be a non-issue for any good designer.

Astra.Xtreme said,

As long as somebody doesn't design a tablet verbatim, they'll be fine.

While maybe that used to be true, and probably should still be that way, precedents in the past several years have changed that. Just look at Apple vs Samsung from last year. The jury found that on ornamental design of the black iPhone, 12 Samsung models were infringing. This was one of those violations: http://imgur.com/rzGwQFx

Astra.Xtreme said,

Right.... because that's clearly what they patented...
Perhaps you should actually read the patents before spewing nonsense.


Or maybe I'm joking?