Apple Receives Broad Patent for Wedge Design

Posted on 07 June 2012 by

ASUS could be in trouble with those Zenbooks. LG with the Xnote. The Acer S7, Gigabyte X11, Dell XPS and others could be at risk too because Apple just secured a patent on a wedge design.

MBA wedge patent


We’re not experts on patents but it seems fairly clear that this isn’t a highly specific MBA patent.

The Verge have a few words which could worry Intel.

In determining infringement, courts look at whether the allegedly infringing device and the design patent are substantially similar in overall appearance to an "ordinary observer," excluding minor differences.

This is something we’ll have to watch. We’d hate to see that $300m Ultrabook investment fund being re-purposed to pay Apple!

Check out the full article at The Verge.

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  • digi_owl

    Yay, another weapon added to the patent MADness arsenal…

  • robert

    wedge is overrated

  • Rinurstat

    Apple is to dependent on Intel for CPU’s. This is just an armory patent to play chess with.

    I don’t like the wedge anyways, boxy is much better.

  • Mr.Chainsaw

    I don’t get it. How can one patent a generic design?
    Who approves this shit?

  • Ryan

    Well…you know who has nothing to worry about…Lenovo U series. Good job guys. I never liked the wedge from the “get go”

  • MP

    Well, nothing new here – patent system is ridiculously broken.

  • Ryan

    This is the first time I have seen apple show some concern. I didn’t see them patent the iphone design when all the “look a likes” came out. Maybe they are trying to cover their bases. Perhaps I should go patent some shapes as well. They have the wedge, but I am going to go patent the cube, sphere, cylinder and pyramid ;) Let the money roll in….

  • Adam

    Seriously patenting a shape is ridiculous; how did this ever get approved!?!


  • DavidC1

    Actually the S7 isn’t a wedge shape, its uniform 12/12.5mm.

  • Jordan

    Newsflash! Apple just secured a patent on the color silver, could spell trouble for rival companies.

  • David

    Apple = greedy, control freak monster! Court needs to slap them for this.

  • jet

    THIS PATENT IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!! Agree with David that apple is greedy and a control freak…as evidenced by them trying monopolize and manipulate the shook market ( recent suit bright by justice department). Their greed will be their downfall…I personally am boycotting all Apple products!!!!!

  • jet

    Correction…”manipulating eBook market”…

  • AppleWorm

    Well, too bad for Apple that I’m thinking to secure the rectangular shape… sooo… from now on I guess they will be forced to make laptops round and change their heads shape too…

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