Patent Office Goes Off the Deep-End; Awards Apple with Patent for Rounded Rectangle

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    When you see news like this, it just makes you wonder if you are living in a whole different dimension than other people. Apparently, there is a dimension where logic and reason are replaced by idiocy and madness. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently awarded a patent to Apple for literally a rounded rectangle. (Feel free to facepalm repeatedly now.)

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    The specifics of the patent relate to the iPad's "ornamental" design feature encapsulated in US Patent D670,286 for a "Portable display device." Here's a quote with some additional detail,

    It's important to note that it is unlikely this patent will actually make much difference for Apple in the courtroom, because there are almost no competitors creating devices that are direct duplicates of Apple's design. Still, the fact that an actual thinking human being made this decision says sad things about the survival of our species...

    Source: ArsTechnica
     
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    Looks like the patent office is for sale. :frown:
     
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    I'm gonna go file a patent on "asinine patents" and see how far I get. :p


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    What I wonder about if previous art. There were tablets before the iPad and they were rectangles with rounded corners.

    Wow, the patent office must be corrupt or have some of the dumbest people on the planet.
     
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    I am so glad TVs were made before the patent wars. I couldn't imaging watching Sons Of Anarchy on a 55 inch circle in the basement.
     
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    When I grow up I want to be an Apple patent lawyer.
     
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    You have to think Apple's lawyers have an internal competition to see who can get the most ridiculously stupid patent. They have their winner. Although if someone can patent a circle it might be a toss-up.
     
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    Why wait? This one looks like it could have been submitted by someone's 3rd grader.
     
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    What mind boggling to me...is how can they say bounce back is invalid...and turn right around and give Apple this? Do the ppl at the USPTO ever work together? Is everybody doing their own thing, then when some months go by ppl working on patents for the same company.... their paths finally cross and they have a pow wow?

    Seems like a serious lack of working together at the USPTO...or a case of shooting first, asking questions later. Seems like they give the OK for many things....THEN go back and see if its valid or not. Thats bass ackwards if you ask me.
     
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    At first I thought it was a pretty funny joke.

    Then I realized you were serious...


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    Starting to wonder if Apple hasn't kidnapped some relatives of patent office employees! Can you imagine if this kind of crap happened in other markets? Ford patenting a mode of transportation that rides on for wheels. GM patents a round steering wheel. Dodge patents keys that are inserted into ignition. Whirlpool patents washers and dryers that are boxed shaped.... It would be a nightmare.
     
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    This image shows just how innovative Apple is and they should protect these unique designs!!!!! Yes this is one of the designs Apple got a patent for....
     

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    Does this patent say that the exact design of the iPad and such can't be copied, or anything vaguely similar?
     
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    Best post response.... EVAAR!!! LMAOROFLLOL!!!!! Now my stomach hurts from laughing so hard. Thank you. I needed that. :D
     
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