Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Aug 2011 09:22 UTC
Legal Earlier this week, we were introduced to a new concept in intellectual property law: the European 'Community Design'. The Community Design is a sort of trademark on design, and sits halfway between a trademark and a patent. I decided to investigate what, exactly, the laws and regulations around Community Designs are, and what I found was shocking. Think the USPTO is bad? Wait until you learn about the Community Design.
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Thank you
by Rooki on Thu 11th Aug 2011 09:39 UTC
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I just wanted to thank you Thom for doing the research on this and bringing this to light. Hopefully this will get enough exposure and be fixed.

Edited 2011-08-11 09:39 UTC

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RE: Thank you
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 11th Aug 2011 09:42 in reply to "Thank you"
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Once this article has seen some exposure (at least here on OSNews), and spelling has been checked and possible wrong facts are corrected, I will contact several of my elected officials in both Europe and the Lower House with this information. It might not do much, but at least I tried.

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RE[2]: Thank you
by ephracis on Thu 11th Aug 2011 10:05 in reply to "RE: Thank you"
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Great idea! I will do the same. I felt safe from those stupid software patents here in Sweden but now this? I bet you there's someone, or will be, whom have at least one Community Design looking like my Stoffi application. Wtf?! How am I supposed to continue creating software when I have all these obstacles preventing me from creating even the most basic stuff?

I need my own damn country. Time to colonize the moon! Who's with me?

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RE: Thank you
by AdamW on Thu 11th Aug 2011 17:14 in reply to "Thank you"
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Also thanks for the credit on the RCD in the current suit being filed in 2004. No, wait, you didn't give me one. oh well. ;)

There are no iPad 2 RCDs listed yet, but I suspect simply because they're still in process: from the workflow I found on the site, it looks like currently-under-review RCDs aren't posted. You can search in reverse date order, and if you do that, the most recent major sets of RCDs are iPhone 4 and iPad 1.

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RE[2]: Thank you
by JAlexoid on Sun 14th Aug 2011 20:53 in reply to "RE: Thank you"
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I don't believe they filed for iPad2 RCD. Moslty because the Smart Cover rip-off RCD is already there.

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