Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd May 2011 20:36 UTC
Legal Apple has responded to the recent patent threats again iOS application developers by Lodsys. Bruce Sewell, Apple's senior vice president and general counsel, sent a letter to Lodsys CEO Mark Small detailing why the threats are baseless. Apple claims they have a license to the patents in question, and that the iOS application developers are mere customers - not distributors.
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RE[4]: A rough translation
by Neolander on Tue 24th May 2011 08:59 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: A rough translation"
Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08

What about industrial patents ? I don't know how much they last, and under which terms they work (do they imply a precise description of the patented product, like technical drawings or chemical formulas, or can you patent ideas and algorithms ? Is there a requirement of notability, or can you patent an iPod Touch's rounded corners ?)

Edited 2011-05-24 09:00 UTC

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RE[5]: A rough translation
by _txf_ on Tue 24th May 2011 09:15 in reply to "RE[4]: A rough translation"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Is there a requirement of notability, or can you patent an iPod Touch's rounded corners ?)


Yes you can (I think they did), It's called a design patent. Another Idiocy as design is pretty much covered by copyright...

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RE[6]: A rough translation
by Neolander on Tue 24th May 2011 12:38 in reply to "RE[5]: A rough translation"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Actually, it's more like they patented a significant part of the casing, but although this patent makes me laugh to no end, I have to admit that it's not a pure "rounded corner" patent. The patent also includes things like a description of the holding springs and detailed steps of the manufacturing process, so it's not something ridiculously obvious, imprecise, and impossible to avoid.

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d...

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yes you can (I think they did), It's called a design patent. Another Idiocy as design is pretty much covered by copyright...


Its probably made millions for all of these inventor help companies, that cost a fortune and you just end up with a design patent worth nothing.

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