View Full Version : Apple patents the extruded triangle

06-10-2012, 04:08 AM
Apple patents the extruded triangle (http://www.theverge.com/policy/2012/6/7/3068355/Apple-design-patent-macbook-air-wedge-ultrabook)

Another reason to always model with quads I guess.

06-10-2012, 10:09 AM
This should never stand. Of course, I don't understand what the big deal is, except that people in the patent office are either dull or taking bribes.

06-10-2012, 01:10 PM
a) the patent office can only use what has already been patented before to compare claims to when it comes to accepting or rejecting a patent
b) coming up with a unique look/design is an acceptable thing to patent.

They are neither dull nor corrupt. I've dealt with patent clerks (some of my classmates went on to the patent office after graduating). They are encouraged to check each claim of a patent and request changes or more information should even one claim have issues.
Yes, some of the things that can be patented seem ridiculous, like the parent that patented a method for swinging on a swing to show his kid how the patent office worked (which actually passed as a valid patent). But that's because no one ever patented it before, so they had no prior claims to reject the patent with...

06-10-2012, 10:38 PM
I'm so glad I quit my job with Apple in January.

They have gone completely insane. They were coming around and telling us how to re-arrange our store to "Apple standards". If we didn't, they would cancel our contract, even though we were their 2nd biggest College market in the the U.S.

They already are switching over to an app centric software model. How long does the MacPro Tower have to live? Can I install my Intel-based software on the next-gen machines? Probably not.

Apple is too busy trying to crush everyone because they have a performance problem when it comes to crunching numbers.

By the way Apple, cut it with the cartoon desktop, customers want to know if they can shut it off.

06-10-2012, 11:25 PM

I'm guessing there are going to be a lot of cheese companies that will not be happy about this.

But fear not. There are plenty of uses for the MacBook Air if it sucks as a computer:


06-11-2012, 03:44 AM
I'm guessing there are going to be a lot of cheese companies that will not be happy about this.

Cheese are way too busy suing cake to worry about apple


06-11-2012, 04:38 AM
The axe was just a touch ahead with it's design. Complete with holes in the main hardware to plug in different handles!

Smart, clean, functional. The computer has lost this battle in a single blow!

Wikipedia axe history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Axt_zum_spalten1.jpg

06-11-2012, 10:45 AM
The ultimate winners in all of this are the lawyers fighting for each side's vantage point - they all get paid - they win the war.
Then you have the companies involved - some they win, some they lose.
Then you have the consumers - the real losers - for it is their purchasing money that is used to fight these patent battles, win or lose.

Bloody ridiculous.

06-11-2012, 01:23 PM
Before the cheese guys should worry about this, notice it is a design patent, not a utility patent. Design patents (similar to a registered design elsewhere) pretty much covers the form/shape of an object. So unless your wedge of cheese is going to look ALOT like the drawings in Apple's patent, there should not be an issue. Maybe they are doing this becuase of the Samsung/Apple "mine looks like yours" fight.

06-12-2012, 08:36 AM
This is not a patent, it's more like a trademark, and it isn't 'broad'.

It's a rather shameless linkbait story.

06-12-2012, 01:40 PM
It is still a patent in the US though, just a design patent.
You're right about the baiting though.