Apple was recently granted the patent application for its series of Smart Covers for the company’s iPads. Unfortunately it seems that one particular resident in Colorado believes that Apple’s Smart Cover violates his patent which was filed for in 2003 and published in 2005. His particular patent calls for a “portable computer case” as pictured above, and is described as:
“an openable case defining an exterior surface for holding the computer; and a plurality of resilient ribs positioned on said exterior surface of said case wherein said resilient ribs protects said computer from wear and tear during the transporting and use of the computer.”
To be honest we don’t really see the resemblance here, but the man is now seeking royalties for sales of the Smart Cover that allegedly infringe upon his patent. What do you think?