Apple Granted Broad Design Patent For MacBook Air

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People have long accused competitive notebook manufacturers for copying Apple's MacBook Air design in some way or another, oftentimes shamelessly so. HP's Envy line looks entirely too much like a MacBook Pro, for example. And with the swarm of Ultrabooks taking over, well, let's just say there's some design influence going on there, arguably. Now, a newly granted patent could put Apple back into the legal spotlight, as if its ongoing fights with Motorola and Samsung aren't galvanizing enough.


Just this week, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted a superbly broad design patent to Apple, and the topic looks to be the MacBook Air's "wedge shape" form factor.
Apple has received patents before on the MacBook Air, but this one is so broad that it's making waves. In fact, it's so broad that it's hard to pinpoint what exactly it covers, and how Apple would prove that other Ultrabook makers infringed if it chose to do so. The company clearly isn't afraid of taking companies to court, even companies it partners with (like Samsung), but only time will tell if it'll use this as more ammunition.
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Dave_HH replied on Fri, Jun 8 2012 12:00 AM

This is utter BS. How the heck can you patent a shape? Mechanical design is one thing but this is just form. I'm going to patent a ball now. I will rule the world.

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eunoia replied on Fri, Jun 8 2012 4:12 AM

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Jun 8 2012 4:57 PM

One more time If you wanna buy something not Apple you better hurry before Apple has them banned, do the same for HTC and or Samsung smartphone's of yeah and Motorola, actually on second though if you want to buy anything new and of current technology you better hurry before Apples no competition law goes into affect in which anyone with anything new who is not Apple is unfair competition for Apple and therefore banned for sale anywhere in the world.

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Well, Dave, if here in Europe Apple can register a rectangle with rounded corners as the company's proprietary design at the Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union, it should certainly be able to protect its «intellectual property» in a «wedge-shaped design» by patenting it courtesy of the US patent Office. Of course, these variations on the Platonic solids were in use centuries, if not millennia before the time of the Greek philospher (when it comes to «wedge-shaped designs» they were employed in hand axes as early as 1.6 million years ago - those early hominids can regard themselves as fortunate that they are no longer around to be sued by Apple lawyers for not paying license fees), but what difference does prior art make when «intellectual property» is being «defended» in a patent system gone awry....

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eunoia replied on Sat, Jun 9 2012 5:49 PM

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mhenriday replied on Sun, Jun 10 2012 6:41 AM

The Greeks - and the Sumerians, the Egyptians, theIndians, and, not least, the Chinese....

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