Apple Awarded Patent for Round-Square Rectangle, Yes, Apple Won a Patent on a Shape
Mark today on your calendar as the day Apple reached the pinnacle in gadget design.
The US Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent on the round-corner rectangle.
Apple now legally owns the rights to Patent No. D670,286 which defines the shape of the first iPad and subsequently every other iPad, and tablet ever made. This is like a single baseball team patenting the shape of a baseball with the intentions of suing or extorting every other team for profit.
If there is a single patent in existence that highlights the broken nature of the USPTO this is it. The patent is broad like the horizon is wide, and will certainly lead to some very perplexed judges and companies across the globe as they inevitably are faced with lawsuits stemming from the new patent, that is if Apple actually decides to use the patent. But, this is the company that is currently suing Amazon over the term App Store. Thank goodness Apple isn't in the grocery store business.
Perhaps this development will start a patent trend where companies and individuals spam the USPTO with patent requests ever-increasing in their lunacy. Maybe then something will be done.
Honestly though, I'm just excited for hexagon and oblique shaped tablets to show up.
, Ars Technica