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post #11 of 226
Apple is has successfully fit a square piece into a round hole wink.gif
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post #12 of 226
In addition to shapes I bet they have some surface patents being fast tracked thru the patent office as we speak.
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post #13 of 226
"Broad" patent doesn't begin to describe this.
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post #14 of 226
I think Apple just found a way to sue every phone manufacturer on the planet.

The good news is after the first two or so, the patent will be thrown out, and Apple will no longer have it. It will be curious to know what they do with this... or if they even can do anything with it. This should fall inline with an "industry standard" since almost all mobile devices follow this shape.

Lets also be realistic. The picture shows a thing device with defined edges and a design down the length. It stands to reason that as long as a device is not framed by that edge, the patent does not apply. In the case of Nexus devices and other rectangular shape devices, they do not have that defined edge crease, and thus, they are immune to this patent.

What may look as though it's a broad patent may not actually be. The picture of that tablet is the key.
Edited by Mad Pistol - 11/7/12 at 1:51pm
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post #15 of 226
Another one to hate on apple.

Way to go.
post #16 of 226
Hmm Rectangle with rounded corners! (Click to show)
I had too

But on topic yeah this is pretty sad on so many levels.
post #17 of 226
I think I lost the little bit of respect I had for Apple. I dont know whats worse. That they would even patent this, or that someone would seriously consider approving it.
post #18 of 226
I have this vision of FBI barging into our machine shop and taking away all our mills because they can make rounded corners...
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post #19 of 226
The USPTO does not decide whether a patent is valid and defendable. The patent will likely be beaten because of prior art in court.

This is obviously bogus. Samsung did not lose the CA case because of this. This was one of the only claims that was rejected.

Anyways, I wish Apple worked like a car company. Volvo invented the 3 point seatbelt and gave it to everybody else to use.
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post #20 of 226
Please America fix your broken patent system and fire the stupid people that work there.
    
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