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Ferrari did that, they are the only car company allowed to use their shade of red, thats why its called "Ferrari Red"..next thing we know its gonna be "Apple White"
Again, that's a trademark, not a patent. Perhaps ferrari owns a patent on a particular component in the paint that is a key ingredient to to color appearance for their paint, but the color "red" cannot be patented or trademarked in a general sense. A trade name that correlates to a specific brand color can be trademarked, and a specific color tone can be trademarked if it becomes an identification of a brand or company.
    
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But I wonder who is still willing to buy from these geezers?
I mean every Linux guy is shouting "Baaaah Windows" (I admit I do this from time to time). But comon they (MS) are more civil than AP.
AP really needs/has good marketing. Otherwise it is just strange how they are able to sell their stuff...
BTW: Is it a typo? Shouldn`t it be APE instead of apple?
Edited by Mr.Eiht - 10/26/11 at 11:26am
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But I wonder who isstill willing to buy from these geezers?
I mean every Linux guy is shouting "Baaaah Windows" (I admit I do this from time to time). But comon they (MS) are more civil than AP.
AP really needs/has good marketing. Otherwise it is just strange how they are able to sell their stuff...
BTW: Is it a typo? Shouldn`t it be APE instead of apple?
I'm entirely confused as to how this fits in with the article or responses in this thread.
    
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I only have one thing to say.
    
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Those are trademarks, not patents. You can trademark a color or shape as it pertains to your business and defend it.
Missing the point. Trademarks, patents, copyrights are all in the same boat. They're about protecting property. People just seem to be irrational whenever anything is posted about Apple.

Maybe companies shouldn't use "slide to unlock". Why not come up with their own system to patent? Use something like,

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Apple can Patten anything they want doesn't mean that Google is going to do anything about it.


And also in ice cream sandwich I'm pretty they changed some stuff to not let this affect the os

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I'm entirely confused as to how this fits in with the article or responses in this thread.
Since they are now the "bad guys" less people are willing to buy.
It is an assumption and not based on statistics.
NVM...
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I think any Apple related threads should be banned from posting in the news section.

You're always going to have the delusional, disconnected and disoriented lala land people making a fool of themselves and causing a chain reaction of stupid.
 
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Missing the point. Trademarks, patents, copyrights are all in the same boat. They're about protecting property. People just seem to be irrational whenever anything is posted about Apple.

Maybe companies shouldn't use "slide to unlock". Why not come up with their own system to patent? Use something like,

haha, awesome!

But keep in mind, trademarks are much more volatile than patents--what I mean is that it's much easier for a trademark to lose its validity than a patent. I don't know about the color example, but for words that are trademarks of a company, if that word becomes a commonly used phrase to describe things outside of that company's brand, then the company can no longer defend their trademark--or rather, it's increasingly difficult to defend it since uses of the word extend beyond their brand or a competing service.

I think the only way a patent can become invalidated in a similar way (assuming that prior art isn't an issue)--or rather, a company that owns a patent cannot legally levy licensing agreements, is if the items within that patent become an industry standard that multiple companies must conform to. Kinda like the 3G communication protocol--I think samsung (or someone) owns those related patents, except users of that technology don't need to license it because it has become an industry standard.
    
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This is insane. I guess i should go get a patent for screw on lids. So all companies have to pay me to have screw on lids on their products. I mean it's basically the same think. They really need to fix the patent process when it comes to software.
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