The US Patent and Trademark Office issued patent no. D670,286 to Apple this week and it really does cover the outer edge shape of a device. There’s no other way to look at it. Every one was talking about this over the last couple of years , especially by Samsung that Apple has obtained design patent coverage on rectangular devices with rounded corners. But it was not true before but it is now..
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent for the ‘ornamental design for a portable display device’ to the Cupertino, California-based tech giant this week.
There have been claims in recent years, especially from Samsung, that Apple has sought to patent any conceivable oblong-shaped gadget.
The patent “really does cover the outer edge shape of a device. There’s no other way to look at it,” says The Verge.
Previous Apple design patents concerning the iPad and iPhone would cover at least one additional feature in solid lines such as the home button or the back surface contour, while this design patent ignores everything else and only focuses on the the shape. While Apple may have been given the patent for ‘a rectangle with rounded corners’ and the competition could be worried about their similarly shaped devices, The Verge puts it as “a weapon too fragile for battle.”