Apple Patents Design of the MacBook Air

Apple just patented the design of the MacBook Air, which is really the image we imagine when we talk about an Ultrabook.

Patent infringements on ornamental designs are not pursued as often as technology patents, and it is unlikely that Apple would go after Intel as long as the chipmaker is delivering the hardware for its computers, but this patent surely is interesting in the light of Intel's $300 million fund to support the launch of its Ultrabook idea. Could go Apple go after Acer, Asus and Samsung, once those firms are releasing Ultrabooks? Possibly.

However, history has told us that PCs look different than Apple computers and there may not be really an issue as Ultrabooks are unlikely to resemble the visual appeal of the MacBook Air.

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  • mister g
    and it is unlikely that Apple would go after Intel as long as the chipmaker is delivering the hardware for its computers

    Apple went after Samsung, the chip manufacterer of every one of Apple's iDevices. Since Intel is pushing the ultrabook design if Apple gets this patented and sues Intel I think there will be a huge falling out over this (hey Apple already uses Radeons in its Macs).
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  • HansVonOhain
    Apple is one greedy ass company. They will sue anyone that remotely touches that shape or logo.
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  • ionut19
    I have a question, how can you patent a generic screen, a generic keyboard and a generic touch pad?
    I asked my mother, "Do you see this laptop?" and she said "Isn't it like your sister's?", witch is a dell laptop . My sister does not have apple products and my mother is not an expert in tech stuff. So i would say, how can you patent a generic laptop design?

    I don't see anything different that stands out from other laptops.
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  • icepick314
    don't forget to put buttons below the trackpad...

    problem averted!!!!!!!
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  • mister g
    and it is unlikely that Apple would go after Intel as long as the chipmaker is delivering the hardware for its computers

    Apple went after Samsung, the chip manufacterer of every one of Apple's iDevices. Since Intel is pushing the ultrabook design if Apple gets this patented and sues Intel I think there will be a huge falling out over this (hey Apple already uses Radeons in its Macs).
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  • HansVonOhain
    Apple is one greedy ass company. They will sue anyone that remotely touches that shape or logo.
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