WTF! Apple holds patent for rectangular device with rounded corners

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by johannar, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. johannar macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2012

    You’re probably pretty fed up with hearing the words “Apple” and “patent” used in the same sentence. Believe this or not, but the Apple has just been granted a patent that might make take the funny out of those jokes: the design for a rectangular device with rounded corners is now officially in Apple's portfolio of intellectual property. Read full story here:

    Guys, what's your views on this?
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    It's a patent filed for when the original iPad was released not really specific to tables these days
  3. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    It's unclear from the article exactly what was patented. The statement is "a rectangle with rounded corners." But there would have to be more to it than that, especially in light of the fact that many devices shaped that way have preceded the iPad. I would assume that it was a patent for the use of those rounded corners and those specific proportions in the design of a tablet.

    But if it is simply a patent for rounded corners on a rectangle, the Patent Office truly is broken.
  4. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    It is broken. Just look at the crapents apple has shoved thew and now suing with. On top of that Apple has already had quite a few of their crapents declared invali
  5. jimmyb5374 macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Ha Ha Ha !!!!!!

    This just shows how stupid apple are getting to protect their "intellectual property "

    First similar tablet displayed by microsoft in june 2000 , i am sure they last thing they were worried about patenting was the generic shape !!!!!

    And people say Apple never "borrow" peoples ideas or technology , Ha Ha
  6. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Um, what's news about this. I doubt it was the first patent granted to Apple regarding the iPad. So why is it such a big deal now? :confused:

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