Apple Awarded Patent for Rounded Rectangle

Posted November 8, 2012 at 12:15am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 11402 views

Apple has been awarded a patent relating the iPad's design that appears to literally be for a rounded rectangle, reports ArsTechnica.

The '286 patent awarded on Tuesday appears to give Apple the exact patent the Samsung and Apple critics have erroneously claimed that the '889 patent was. The patent includes a number of drawings of the original iPad design, with most of its uniquely identifying features in dashed lines. As stated in the patent description, "broken lines in the Figures show portions of the portable display device which form no part of the claimed design."

The only unbroken line in all the figures is the outline of the flat, rounded rectangular front face of the device. All the other identifiable features, such as the speaker grille, round home button, display size, Dock connector, or even its curved back, are not covered by this design patent.

Notably, many experts feel that this patent will not be of any use to Apple since it is likely vulnerable to invalidity arguments.

Lea Shaver, Associate Professor at Indiana University's McKinney School of Law, says "This design patent gives Apple no new advantage, because no one is out there trying to market an iPad lookalike."

Read More [via ArsTechnica]

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ratGT - November 9, 2012 at 6:35pm
WOW!!! Talk about comenting section of an iWebsite being high-jacked by fandroid c0ck-sucking slutz! How much more lifeless can socialy-rejected tards get?!? Scary...
SAMSUNG - November 9, 2012 at 2:00pm
Tim Cock - November 8, 2012 at 8:54am
Just wow! Who ever awarded that patent for a shape needs to be shot in public
Copperhead - November 8, 2012 at 8:09am
99.9% of the tablets now have to be pulled off the store shelves due to patent infringement, because Apple now owns rounded corners? Are you fucking kidding me? - I thank god I own a Windows 8 ATIV Tablet. Because I will never buy any more Apple products. They fight too much and constantly crying in court suing people for stupid shit. Company has way too much drama. I'll stick with Google and Windows, thank you.
Copperhead - November 8, 2012 at 8:14am
By the way I can't wait until Google releases "glasses" which will outsell any Apple product in history. - So haaa. And by the way the last thing I purchased from Apple was the U2 iPod music player RED Limited Edition.
Anino - November 8, 2012 at 5:06am
Next thing we will know is that apple will sue relatives of people who dies after Steve (no disrespect to Steve) because he died first and its patented. too many idiots are running the patent office.
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