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FF4m3

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Apple Is Granted A Patent On The Rectangle. No, Really

From The Register:

Apple already owns a design that describes an iPad-like slab with rounded corners, patent US D627,777. Now it's got another one and it's much simpler: behold US D670,286.

Filed in November 2010, '286 was published by the US Patent Office on 6 November this week. The scope of the patented design is defined by the eight submitted diagrams, which show a thin rectangular iPad-like device with rounded corners.

It took 15 of Apple's finest to come up with this particular shape; iPad engineering manager Jody Akana, the late Steve Jobs and Sir Jony Ive are among those credited with creating the design.

Apple's protected rectangles are often used as a example of PATENTS GONE MAD...



Name Game
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I wonder who hold the patent on little brown rings ?


Dustyn
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What a bunch of rectangles! Too bad they didn't choose squares.

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW3I7yz5nVo

lorennerol
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reply to FF4m3
Hey, I got binders full of rectangles over here.



sivran
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So... they patented a rectangular shape for a display device?

Can I submit my monitors as prior art? How about my current and all previous cell phones?

Are our patent clerks Amish?
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goalieskates
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said by sivran:

Are our patent clerks Amish?

No, but they're government employees. 'nuff said.


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I'll say it again, its time to simply blow up the patent office, they have gone totally 180 and are now totally screwing the very process they were meant to protect (the only thing they protect now is employment for lawyers). We can't get rid of the patent office fast enough.

Blake
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said by Name Game:

I wonder who hold the patent on little brown rings ?

They wouldn't get to cut mine out, even with a patent.

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said by Link Logger:

I'll say it again, its time to simply blow up the patent office, they have gone totally 180 and are now totally screwing the very process they were meant to protect (the only thing they protect now is employment for lawyers). We can't get rid of the patent office fast enough.

Blake

I completely agree with that. Patent Office now is not protecting innovation. It's in a business of selling registering patents. The more patents it registers, the more money it gets. Quality of the accepted patents doesn't matter at all. The number of new registered patents does... That's why they accept as a "patent" such things as "Electronic device with rectangular shape". Then next goes "Device with round corners"... Really? That's the innovation? Just think about what's going on here...

Patent Law should be completely redesigned. And the sooner we do it, the better for us and innovation.
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ashrc4
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said by Link Logger:

I'll say it again, its time to simply blow up the patent office, they have gone totally 180 and are now totally screwing the very process they were meant to protect (the only thing they protect now is employment for lawyers). We can't get rid of the patent office fast enough.

Blake

After looking at the spirit of the patent i don't think this subjectified example nails it for me.
said by OZO:

I completely agree with that. Patent Office now is not protecting innovation. It's in a business of selling registering patents. The more patents it registers, the more money it gets. Quality of the accepted patents doesn't matter at all. The number of new registered patents does... That's why they accept as a "patent" such things as "Electronic device with rectangular shape". Then next goes "Device with round corners"... Really? That's the innovation? Just think about what's going on here...

Patent Law should be completely redesigned. And the sooner we do it, the better for us and innovation.

This rush as it were is mostly to do with a policy that is attempting to free-up innovation by streamlineing the "first-to-file" portion of patents with the aim of creating business (for both patent office and business alike ) As for the making changes most of the issues are coming from having just made these changes.

President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that for the first time in years changes the nation’s patent system.

President Obama said the plan, which expedites the patent review process, would create jobs. “This much needed reform will speed up the patent process so that innovators and entrepreneurs can turn a new invention into a business as quickly as possible,” he said.

»www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/0···atented/

Seems like some fine tuning may be in order at some point.