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post #181 of 226 Old 11-09-2012, 08:18 AM
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This is what I got in reply to the email -

I received the same email today. I hope many more took action and the Patent Office gets flooded and forced to do something... Maybe someone should start one of those White House site polls or something, where if it gets 25K sig's the White House is forced to make some sort of statement regarding the issue. Would be nice.

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This is what I got in reply to the email -

At least they replied. Probably automated though.

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I received the same email today. I hope many more took action and the Patent Office gets flooded and forced to do something... Maybe someone should start one of those White House site polls or something, where if it gets 25K sig's the White House is forced to make some sort of statement regarding the issue. Would be nice.

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At least they replied. Probably automated though.

I was kind of surprised too, to be honest, even if automated. Though I'm not sure it was automated, or if it was read and they just have a standard reply message to send in return. And from what I understand, the email I received states my "complaint" will be forwarded to whoever is in charge of approving the patent? Not sure if they want me to send another email to someone else, or what...anyone else interpret my email differently?
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I received the same email today. I hope many more took action and the Patent Office gets flooded and forced to do something... Maybe someone should start one of those White House site polls or something, where if it gets 25K sig's the White House is forced to make some sort of statement regarding the issue. Would be nice.
Guys it's just a design patent; it's not like no one can make a tablet with rounded edges; they just have to make any future tablets look different than the apple one.

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This is so far beyond ridiculous, I don't think there's even a word for it. Apple has to be casting some bright sunshine (so to speak) into someone's pockets. I can't think of another way such a silly patent would be granted. kookoo.gif

I really wonder if it's ever crossed anyone's mind at Apple to continue to succeed by building truly superior products instead of always scraping up ammunition to attack the competition in a courtroom.


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Sorry guys, I think you're all a bunch of chicken-little's running around terrified that the sky is falling rolleyes.gif

Here's a quote from the article that may alleviate your fear:

Granted, an argument can be made that the horizontal and vertical lengths of the solid edge line in the drawings limits the patent coverage to a specific proportional design that excludes tablets with different aspect ratios, but you wouldn't want that to be your primary defense.

Remember, there's no concrete evidence that Apple has patented a "rectangular device with rounded edges." That's what it looks like to a layman, but how many of you have experience reading US patents? Even the author of the article isn't sure - he (begrudgingly) admits that he's making an assumption. People are protesting a patent that they don't fully understand, which is about as absurd as trying to patent a shape rolleyes.gif

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Sorry guys, I think you're all a bunch of chicken-little's running around terrified that the sky is falling rolleyes.gif
Here's a quote from the article that may alleviate your fear:
Granted, an argument can be made that the horizontal and vertical lengths of the solid edge line in the drawings limits the patent coverage to a specific proportional design that excludes tablets with different aspect ratios, but you wouldn't want that to be your primary defense.

Remember, there's no concrete evidence that Apple has patented a "rectangular device with rounded edges." That's what it looks like to a layman, but how many of you have experience reading US patents? Even the author of the article isn't sure - he (begrudgingly) admits that he's making an assumption. People are protesting a patent that they don't fully understand, which is about as absurd as trying to patent a shape rolleyes.gif

Actually, there is evidence, as stated in the following paragraph:

"As we've explained before, the scope of a design patent is defined by the drawings, and the solid lines are what counts —the dashed lines are just there for context. As you can see below, the 'D286 patent has a lot of gratuitous context but just a single solid line defining what is being protected."

While it is not 100% clear to a layman, as you so cleverly put it, that the exact basis for the patent is a 'rectangle with rounded corners,' there is more evidence to suggest this than there is to contradict it. Obviously, the patent is for something along the lines of a rectangular mobile computing device with rounded corners, while things like size and aspect ratio may be considered as well. That being said, I think it's safe to say your implied self-proclamation of intellectual superiority is just as premature and unfounded as our rants about this topic.


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As i look through drawer of old nokia and motorola cell phones that are rectangular with rounded corners lol.

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Sorry guys, I think you're all a bunch of chicken-little's running around terrified that the sky is falling rolleyes.gif
Here's a quote from the article that may alleviate your fear:
Granted, an argument can be made that the horizontal and vertical lengths of the solid edge line in the drawings limits the patent coverage to a specific proportional design that excludes tablets with different aspect ratios, but you wouldn't want that to be your primary defense.

Remember, there's no concrete evidence that Apple has patented a "rectangular device with rounded edges." That's what it looks like to a layman, but how many of you have experience reading US patents? Even the author of the article isn't sure - he (begrudgingly) admits that he's making an assumption. People are protesting a patent that they don't fully understand, which is about as absurd as trying to patent a shape rolleyes.gif

So now it's, "rectangular with rounded corners in the 16:9 ratio"? You're not making much of an argument here...Please just try to imagine this carried over to any other industry...perhaps displays...I don't know. The patent is broad and ridiculous, any way you put it. Perhaps it is such a broad and vague patent, and that's why people are having a hard time understanding it.
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