This issue effects the electronics consumer market as a whole. Apple is sitting on broad patents and no longer innovating. They have been suing major competitors to maintain control over their monopoly in the mobile and tablet market, and winning.
One such example of a patent that is very concerning is Patent no. D670,286, which awarded Apple with a patent for a "portable display device” with an external shape that is a rectangle with rounded corners. Allowing such broad patents closes the door on competition and means that a company no longer has to make the best product to stay competitive. They only need to keep down the competition by disallowing any reasonable design to compete in the same market as the patent holder.
The USPTO needs to stop allowing these ridiculous patent claims. We ask that the USPTO review the current patents held by Apple Inc and reconsider their award of patents that do not help the electronics industry. Sign this petition to let the USPTO that this carelessness is hurting the consumer.
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