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Apple granted patent for curved touch surfaces, could lead to curved-display iPhones

By Shawn Knight ยท 32 replies
Dec 11, 2013
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  1. Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office related to curved touch surfaces, leading many to believe they might be experimenting with curved displays for the iPhone.

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350


    Sorry caps was needed I mean come on apple get granted soo many patents that they have nothing to do with its beyond a joke. Other companies have been releasing phones with curved touch surfaces they haven't even started planning that yet.

    This should be given to a company that actually makes curved touch surfaces instead to a greedy company.
  3. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 280   +89

    Apple have people working in the USTPO. I mean c'mon. Samsung and LG were the first with this. It will be interesting to see how the courts deal with this one. BTW, Samsung and LG are kinda stupid for not getting a patent on this.
  4. With every month that goes by, my decision not to purchase ANY apple products is reaffirmed.
  5. Ammm, those same "other companies" could have patented it as well, sooo why didn't they?! Especially since they are already making curved displays? Ikr, so dumb...
  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    The patent system probably saw a few companies including apple, samsung etc. then because someone is on apples payroll they gave it apple first.
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  7. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    Apple doesn't even make displays! It's like Gucci patenting safety glass for automobiles. Guess it's just another bridge for their patent trolls to guard. I swear, you can get a patent regarding the forming letters into words and troll the world.
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  8. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 860   +203

    You guys didn't know? Apple owns all patents. Even the ones that haven't been thought of yet.
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  9. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 280   +89

    Yes, agreed, and those companies are dumb. Apple will look dumber, and probably win in Lucy Koh's courtroom, but how can you be blind and agree with Apple's so-called innovation?
  10. Apple has a patent on the patent making process. So essentially only Apple can create patents.
  11. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,334   +280

    Probably because nobody in their right mind assumes that a frivolous patent can be given for a curved surface?

    I guess it's not too surprising, they got a patent for a rectangle with rounded corners... Apple's competition should have seen this coming and tried to patent it themselves.
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  12. Apple saw an opportunity and grabbed it, I really don't see what the issue is here, this is the nature of business, this is not a charity. Apple is still an innovative company, yes in-no-va-tive, not inventive. And to be an innovative company takes vision, it's about using the tools available to you and making creating something awesome.
  13. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Steve jobs was the only person at apple that could do that now he is gone apple's only chance of survival is to patent the next-big-thing and sue the hell out a everyone else. If history shows us anything its apple starts to rot and wither away without jobs.
  14. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 280   +89

    Ethically and morally wrong. For Apple, it's about stealing an idea to prevent others from using it until they are paid though the courts. You are wrong in your assertion that they are making or creating, because it's already been done. Apple is just trying to prevent others from selling something they've already made. Google it.
  15. The last thing I would do is defend Apple. However, I think the patent is not for curved screens in general but the particular process that Apple have developed to actually make them in such a way that improves manufacturability and resilience. It's no different to Sony patenting their Trinitron technology.

    This kind of stuff can appear obvious to the technically-minded, but it's one thing to think of the idea and quite another risk spending the money on R&D to actually try and make it for the mass market. There has to be some kind of reward for developing this stuff otherwise very few people would think it was worth it.

    I do think that the patent durations need to be looked at though and I think there's a case to made for companies like Apple to be obliged to cede patent rights once they've recouped multiples of their initial investment in the particular technology the patent refers to.
  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,173   +3,263

    You know technically that means they only have a patent on a single direction curve. The patent on multi-direction curve is still open.
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  17. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 860   +203

    Quick, cliffordcooley here is our chance to patent it!
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  18. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Cant forget multi-touch curved touch surfaces, multi-touch curve devices. I should patent those 2.... I could have a field day with apple once they start doing multi-touch curved devices lol!
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  19. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,019   +2,892

    Yeah, creating something they didn't steal first. The only thing awesome about Apple is their ability to BS and overcharge while not blushing.
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  20. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +32

    Apple never innovates it simply patents them.
  21. Your are right, and I do agree with you. Morally wrong? Or Business smart? They dropped the ball (idk how they could), and apple picked it up, seems like commonsense to me :/ Again, innovating and inventing are two different words with different meanings. Apple didn't make the first tablet, or finger print scanning phone, but they didn't it better, and suddenly...tablets everywhere, every one is making tables. It's not about who did it first, it's about who did it better. I will not be surprised if phones with fingerprint scanners start showing up.
  22. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 280   +89

    Agreed. I actually buy a lot of Apple's and Samsung's products for the household, but the thing that bugs me is the marketing (aka, lies) machine that Apple is, saying they "invented it first", and this goes back to the GUI, the mouse, and don't get me started on the rectangle with the rounded corners!
  23. I love how everyone is jumping on the "Apple Patent Troll Bandwagon", but you are missing the bigger picture. Curved displays are neat, but they are pretty well useless on a phone. The few advantages they might have (Fitting in your pocket, keeping the display from touching a surface) aren't enough to warrant a massive change. The one place they would be more usable, is PC Monitors and to a lesser extent, Televisions. Imagine a Gaming PC with the monitor curving around you. 1 Monitor instead of multiple.
  24. CorvusCorax

    CorvusCorax TS Member Posts: 23

    Am I mistaken that the LG G Flex curved phone would be prior-art, making this patent invalid?
  25. CorvusCorax

    CorvusCorax TS Member Posts: 23

    Ahh, they patented the manufacturing process, not curved screens themselves. Reading comprehension fail.

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