Apple owns the patent on a rectangle with rounded corners
I guess we can expect a new round of patent infringement suits to come from Apple shortly. Apple has been granted a patent on the design of the original iPad this week. Yes, Apple was able to patent a rectangle with rounded corners.
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The patent was filed in December of 2010 and was granted recently. Considering just about every tablet out there uses a rectangular design with rounded corners I can only imagine Apple is ready to go trolling. “This design patent gives Apple no new advantage, because no one is out there trying to market an iPad lookalike,” said Lea Shaver, Associate Professor with Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law. “It’s not a game changer. It’s just a little bit of positive news in an otherwise bad week for Apple, between the Wisconsin dismissal and the mishandling of the UK apology.”