Patent Office Goes Off the Deep-End; Awards Apple with Patent for Rounded Rectangle

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    When you see news like this, it just makes you wonder if you are living in a whole different dimension than other people. Apparently, there is a dimension where logic and reason are replaced by idiocy and madness. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently awarded a patent to Apple for literally a rounded rectangle. (Feel free to facepalm repeatedly now.)

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    The specifics of the patent relate to the iPad's "ornamental" design feature encapsulated in US Patent D670,286 for a "Portable display device." Here's a quote with some additional detail,

    It's important to note that it is unlikely this patent will actually make much difference for Apple in the courtroom, because there are almost no competitors creating devices that are direct duplicates of Apple's design. Still, the fact that an actual thinking human being made this decision says sad things about the survival of our species...

    Source: ArsTechnica
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    I claim the patent of rectangles and squares with non-rounded corners. I also claim the patents of straight edges and curved edges as well as flat surfaces and curved surfaces. You can all start paying me now or see me in court later :D
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    I hereby claim patent on the circle, to include the wheel, gear, sprocket, cog, idler wheel and capstan wheel.

    Spacely and Cogsworth... PAY ATTENTION!

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    Sorry you will have to license the curved edge from me first since a circle is simply a uniformly curved edge that meets itself ;)
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    Sorry... it is the other way around, as a circle is a complete element unto itself and is functional without supporting elements, unlike a curve which is useless (except for, perhaps a bowl) without lines, angles, etc.

    You MAY claim the semi-circle, but that would be exclusive of the complete circle, that being distinct from two semi-circles attached.
    :rolleyes:
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    ... or I'll see you in court...

    Shall we say Nassau, Bahamas,

    or

    Island of Oahu, Hawaii? :p
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    You sir can expect a call from my lawyers :mad:
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    I also reserve the venues of the Mediterranean and Oceana.
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    This is why most patents should just be thrown out.
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