Yes, that’s right. Apple have tried to patent the rectangle, convinced that in their own superiority they haveinvented a new shape and hell bent on stopping anyone else from using the rectangle in any design. We can only hope that Steve Jobs doesn’t discover that other shapes exist are waiting to be invented by Apple.
So, once Apple happily convinced themselves that the owned the rights to anything rectangular they then set about suing someone. The name out of the hat… Samsung! Those lucky devils. Just one quick check to ensure that Samsung have rectangular shaped devices… yes, yes they do. Begin the motion!
I know, I know, more patents, more suing, more handbags. But what’s interesting is the defence the Samsung are using. Part of their opposition brief argues that the iPad had already been designed as a futuristic device that appeared in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey! If you can’t quite remember it then here’s a clip to remind you…
This is great for the Patent Wars. There’s a vast supply of Sci-fi video footage that could be used to quell the ever advancing Patent suing culture that, right now, seems to be the main goal among all the big players. If the US courts did rule with Samsung then this could be exactly what we need to force competition companies to focus on their own product improvements, innovations and technology rather than trying to beat down devices that are a clear and positive threat.