Recently a friend of mine was bitching about Apple patenting the “wedge” shape of the MacBook Air. He simply doesn’t understand how they patent the wedge.

Well my friend, they are not patenting the wedge, they are patenting the wedge shape/design of the MacBook Air. And the reason people are making such a big deal about it is because Apple is in the spotlight right now with record sales of their devices and computers. Apple is succeeding and people don’t like that, they are jealous of their success and innovative spirit. By patenting the design of their MacBook Air, they are protecting their intellectual property. If you spent a lot of time making something beautiful and unique (and until Apple introduced the MacBook Air, that wedge shape WAS UNIQUE), you would want to protect your design.

This act of protecting ones design is nothing new! For example…

  • 1836  – Samuel Colt patented the revolving gun/revolver.
  • 1837 – Thomas Davenport patented the electric motor.
  • 1930 – Clarence Birdseye patents the frozen TV dinner.
  • 1955 – George DeMestrel patents Velcro.
  • 1958 – Charles P. Ginsburg and Shelby F. Henderson patent the video tape recorder.

And there are plenty more where that came from!

And as far as technology companies are concerned, Apple is not the only company suing other companies over patent and design infringements. Let’s take a look at a few examples…

  1. In May 2012, Nokia sued HTC, RIM and ViewSonic for Patent infringements.
  2. In October 2011 an IT firm sued Dell, Acer and Asus.
  3. In February 2011, LG sues Sony over patent infringements in their PS3 gaming console.
  4. In March 2011, Microsoft sued Barnes & Noble over patent infringements in their Android tablet.

As for patenting things to the teeth, how about checking out the links below. You will notice that Samsung and Dell both have patents for things that don’t make much sense. That’s because sense has nothing to do with it. It’s all about protecting your intellectual property, the things you have engineered and want to protect from people copying them.

DELL PATENTS : http://www.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/corp/patents/enus?c=us&l=en&s=gen&~section=04

SAMSUNG PATENTS: http://www.latestpatents.com/samsung-patent-applications-published-on-05-july-2012/

So the next time you want to burn Apple for trying to protect their family jewels, think for a moment about all the companies and inventors out there who have done the same thing to protect theirs. Just because an Apple employee can’t take a shit without the media reporting on it doesn’t make Apple a bad company. If anything, they are one of the best companies in the world.

SOURCES:

http://mashable.com/2011/03/21/microsoft-sues-barnes-noble/
http://www.uspat.com/historical/
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/patent-infringement-lawsuit-memory-storage-patent,13726.html
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/02/sony-victim-or-infringer/
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403869,00.asp 

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