So, if you happen to be a laptop manufacturer, (specifically one interested in joining the “ultrabook” movement), and looking to make a product which is thicker at one end and then tapers off to almost a knife-edge on the other … forget it.
As of today, Apple now owns the patent to that outer-body portable design.
Awarded U.S Patent No. D661,296, TheVerge reports that the patent granted to the Cupertino-based company this week covers the MacBook Air‘s incredibly thin and light uni-body design, with Apple specifically ensuring protection on the ‘sloping nature’ of the MacBook Air’s lid, as well as the firm’s design and engineering practices which ultimately allowed the company to make the device so incredibly thin.
Great news for Apple, not so great news for competition … which was likely severely stifled the moment this patent was granted by the USPTO.
Still, it’s not as if anyone didn’t see this coming eventually. The U.S patent system has been broken for a long time. Heck, apparently you can patent which way fingers move on a multitouch display, nowadays.