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    Apple Patents the Wedge Design



    The title of this article is not a misprint. The US patent office has given Apple claim of the ornamental design for an electronic device, as shown and described above. So every ultrabook, tablet, laptop and cellphone manufacturer now needs to tread very carefully because Apple didn´t specify anything more than what you see above. They didn't just specify a tablet or cellphone design either, so if you put any electronics in a wedge form, you will unleash Apple's Army of p̶a̶t̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶t̶r̶o̶l̶l̶i̶n̶g̶ lawyers.

    Shocked? So are we. Apple is clearly taking advantage of a broken system. Patenting ornamental designs should be off limits, because it not only destroys innovation, it's simply ludicrous. Imagine if Ford was allowed to patent rear spoilers on automobiles and won? That is exactly what happened here. The examples can go on and on, but the fact remains that this patent has just killed innovation in the mobile and tablet space. We have the US Patent Office to thank for this one. Love or hate Apple, this latest win is a prime example of how cut throat they really are by actively taking advantage of a flawed system.

    Do you think design patents should be outlawed all together, or is it in fact Apple's right to be able to patent an ornamental design?

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    Why am I not surprised? Apple will fall eventually, and like Goliath it will be a hard fall.

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    I think I am going to vomit.

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    Well, more fuel for the "iSue everybody pro" .... due to release late this year..smdh

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    This is absolutely ridiculous. How 'wedgy' does the device have to be!? There are several existing phone models that are slimmer at one end than at the other. Isn't the Galaxy Nexus that way?

    Perhaps some of our members who are lawyers or have legal experience could post some ideas on how to get congress to repair this broken system. I'm sure some calls/letters to the right senators wouldn't hurt. Would love to see congress sponsor a bill to fix this and quick! All it does is create confusion, lines lawyers pockets and hampers progress.
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    Everyone always lames Apple, but why does no one ever blame the US patent office or the Courts for standing behind Apple? If I had to guess, the Judge's making these pro-Apple decisions (like Judge Koh) and the folks at the US patent office are behind the times and dont really get technology as much as we do here.

    Ps- I guess Sony can expect a lawsuit for their patent infringing S Tablet
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    Yep, loose interpretation of the wedge can put the maxx and razr into that category..

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    This is absolutely ludicrous. Technically, my Bionic has a bit of a wedge shape to it because of the bulge at the top. Asus G73 and higher laptops all have a wedge shape. A bunch of ultrabooks have wedge shapes. Where does it end?! I am more anti-apple than ever before after reading this garbage.
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    Looks like apple is giving everybody a wedgy. Pretty soon we'll need a patent app just to keep up with all of apple's patents.
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    wonder what the doorstop manufacturers think of this... maybe one of them has a creative (and bored!) legal team
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