Apple's patent : iPad is a rectangle with rounded corners

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Nov 09, 2012
11:15 AM EDT
Quoting:Earlier this week, Apple got a bunch of new patents approved, including one covering the "design" of the original iPad.

What does this "design" patent cover?

Mostly, it covers the fact that the iPad's "design" is a rectangle with rounded corners.


Nov 09, 2012
12:11 PM EDT
This patent confuses me, on G+ there was a link to an article that showed examples of "prior art" that would not be covered under this patent. The Ipad was one of them. ???

Nov 09, 2012
4:36 PM EDT
A rectangle with rounded corners. Now, let me think, I've seen that before....

Oh, yes! Credit cards!

Library cards!

Drivers' licenses!

Nov 09, 2012
4:41 PM EDT
You have to admit that the iPad is a rectangle with rounded corners. They aren't lying about that.

Oy vey!

Nov 09, 2012
4:58 PM EDT
Patenting an aesthetic.

Jobs is truly dead.

Nov 09, 2012
6:38 PM EDT
No,... Jobs is the one who had them PATENT the aesthetic...

Rounded rectangle computer tablet device...It was so obvious that Stanley Kubrick had one in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Which, despite the fact that it wasn't a real device, ought to be enough to prove that the the design is neither novel or non-obvious. After all, design patents only cover things like the plastic "barrel full of monkeys" toys, or dinosaur shaped non-slip tub decals.

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