Come on, you’re not serious right? We’re all tired of the patent debates circling around smartphones and tablets like vultures. A non-Apple device can’t come to market without fear of a patent struggle? This is crazy. Even theis in a battle trying to get clearance to launch in the U.S. Last Tuesday Apple secured yet another patent- this time for the MacBook Air design.
And I’m sure you can see from the pictures where this is heading: to one giant patent battle after another. As we’ve seen in other patent battles, it’s not about how the device should look, but rather, the parts of the design that should not correspond to the same design elements in the patented device.
In this case Apple is concentrating on the wedge shape characteristic to the MacBook Air. Of course, we see this design in many other ultrabooks which are already on the market. I can understand patents for technology specifically developed by Apple that is innovative and specialized, but to get a patent for elemental structural designs that are so abstractly defined is a bit too much. In the spirit of competition, it makes sense to desist from abstract patent arguments and let the customer decide. If the MacBook Air is strong enough to stand its ground in the ultrabook market, it will with or without the patent protection. Some fear that Apple will use this new patent very aggressively. We’ll know soon how this will shape up.
Source: The Verge