From Russia without love: iPad patent appeal rejected

By , Nov 29, 2012

Apple’s two-year attempt to get the iPad design patented in the Russian Federation hit a dead-end, when regulators ruled there was nothing “distinctive” about the tablet’s makeup. The company had appealed an April rejection by the Russian Patent Office. This most recent rejection by the Russian Chamber for Patent Disputes seems to close the door on gaining a patent for the best-selling tablet.

In its response to Apple, written in Russian, the chamber ruled the iPad patent application – which describes rounded corners, a flat surface and round button beneath the screen – involves a design that is “traditional for modern communication devices, manufactured by different vendors”

According to Russian business site Cnews via The Next Web, although Apple had argued in its appeal the iPad  patent included “distinctive features” that “catch consumer’s eye at once”, the Russian body didn’t agree.

“Inconspicuous differences in dimensions, screen size, and buttons layout are not essential distinction criteria”, the appeals body ruled. “There are not any original elements that would make the schematic design in question distinctive”, the chamber added.

Russia’s flat rejection of Apple’s patent request is in stark contrast to the dozens of patents granted by the U.S. government.

Among those awarded, were for the iPad design, as well as the packaging.

Just yesterday, a judge from The Hague ruled in Apple’s favor for a patent protecting how an iPad users can get a glimpse of the next image on the iPad. As we reported Tuesday, Apple was granted more than two-dozen U.S. patents, including protecting the icon for Siri, as well as other design features.

The ruling by Russian authorities must feel like vindication for Samsung and other companies that have argued in court and elsewhere that the iPad’s design is not unique and should not be protected. For Apple, the ruling could set back any efforts to combat rip-offs being sold in Russia as iPads.

Is it important for Apple to patent the iPad’s design in Russia?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dazedn-Confuzed/100000209154837 Dazedn Confuzed

    haha

  • air naji

    Everyone hates America .. Thanks Israel :)

    • 1337lolzorz

      Russia hated America far before Israel had anything to do with it u jihadist sand monkey

      • air naji

        Hahahahaha take it easy you puny little person. So sensitive. You Jews are so tough mentally but so sensitive and weak physically lol.

      • 1337lolzorz

        Jews?? Im American/Canadian u bitch. Go blow yourself up and pray to shit smelling Mohammed LOL.

      • air naji

        How do you know what Mohammed smells like? Who prays to a prophet and not god ? Since when was being Jewish a nationality ?? Dont hide your religon lol. be proud !! For some reason I feel like your an enraged retard who I could easily snap in half if you ever left your bedroom. Get it all out. You’ll feel much better lol.

      • 1337lolzorz

        Shutup smelly muslim nobody likes you in America haha that’s y you’re pissed. Go take a shower

      • http://www.facebook.com/Coil.Vasilievich Coil Vasilievich

        Russians have been being brainwashed to hate USA and Europe since USSR apeared. Мне можно верить.

  • Gerard Hampton

    Russia has more common sense than america. Good on them for keeping up with the times and not granting ridiculous patents. The US patent office uses tablets, theyre just made of stone and have to be chiselled on.

  • http://twitter.com/apcorom Jake

    This are Russians. You need to bribe them to get this done. All Russians are corrupt. This Is how you done this in Russia.

    • ic0dex

      Smart man… You sir know how to get around in life.

  • ic0dex

    Apple is stupid, just give the guy $100,000 in cash under the table and they will approve it. You can kill someone in Russia and get away with murder for $200,000. You can buy anyone in Russia if you have the money and it’s cheaper then the US.

  • Gino

    Nice job Russia

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

    “Hey It’s Mother Russia, and this is Jack Ass” ;p