Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Friday November 09, 2012

Apple Gets Patent On A Rectangle With Rounded Corners

Someone at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office needs to be kicked in the nuts. Seriously. I'm not kidding.

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The US Patent and Trademark Office issued patent no. D670,286 to Apple yesterday and it really does cover the outer edge shape of a device. There's no other way to look at it. As we've explained before, the scope of a design patent is defined by the drawings, and the solid lines are what counts آ—the dashed lines are just there for context. As you can see below, the 'D286 patent has a lot of gratuitous context but just a single solid line defining what is being protected.