Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jun 2012 21:23 UTC
Legal So, the next venue of patent trolling has just been opened. Apple has patented - quite specifically - the wedge shape of the MacBook Air. Not the general design or impression, no - just the wedge shape. This is interesting, because that wedge shape? Hit prior art in 3.2 seconds: the Vaio x505 from 2004. A wedge-shaped, superthin (for its day) laptop - exactly what Apple's design patent claims the company has invented.
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Whatever happened to the Vaios?
by vaette on Thu 7th Jun 2012 21:31 UTC
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Don't have the time at the moment to look through the patent, and one really should before commenting. These summaries are often misleading.

This however raised another question for me. What happened to Sony? They had those ultrathin and ridiculously desirable Vaios for so many years, why aren't they at the top of the heap of the ultrabooks? The only thing they didn't already do a decade ago was the price. Was it just greed that cost them this market? Something else?

Edited 2012-06-07 21:33 UTC

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