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[Wired] Apple Wants to Patent Its MacBook Air Design  

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Hold on to your hats: An expanded patent application for the wedge-shaped aesthetic of the MacBook Air passed through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today.

The patent is for a portable computing device with a “wedge shaped top case” and a lid pivotally connected to the base via a hinge. Apple claims that the design contributes to the user’s impression of a device, its lightness, and its durability.

Components like a high-speed memory card and its connector are expressly designed to fit inside the unique shape of the device, which we better know as the MacBook Air.

Apple files for design patents relating to pretty much all of its products, and even goes so far as to patent the design of its stores.
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Interestingly, Apple also filed a patent application for a way to control the brightness of OLED displays.

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Funny. There was already similar shaped laptops before this.
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Oh great.....can't wait to see what they'll patent next.
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What a shocker
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Next thread that I see that has the words "patent" and "Apple" in it I'm just going to not even look at the post.
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Originally Posted by brandontaz2k2 View Post

Next thread that I see that has the words "patent" and "Apple" in it I'm just going to not even look at the post.

Same here.

It makes me go mad.
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REVOLUTIONARY!!

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Heck, I even remember the Dell Adamo.
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Intel had ought to sue them because it's their design in the first place (Ultrabook design). Intel, run to the patent office before Apple does!
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Heck, I even remember the Dell Adamo.

The Macbook Air was released first.

Anyway, this does look to be one of the dumber patents.. is it a patent on the wedge shaped profile for a laptop? Apple wasn't first with that (IBM/Lenovo have countless laptops with a tapered profile, and I'm sure Sony has a couple). Actually, Apple wasn't the first with "Ultrabooks" - Toshiba and Sony have been making ~0.8" thick, < 3 pound laptops since before Apple used Intel CPUs.

Toshiba 2005: (Portege R200, 12.1" / 2.6 pounds / 0.8" thick) 381

Apple 2005: (iBook G4, 12.1" / 4.9 pounds) - 338

Do note the slight taper on the front of the Portege. And do note the iBook is completely flat.
If anything, Apple should get sued for stealing designs from Sony and Toshiba and just adding a tapered profile (instead of the typical flat profile).
 
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