2012 Google patent application copies 2007 Apple USPTO patent [epic fail]

Friday, July 19, 2013
By OP Editor

Google caught ripping off Apple again. This time plagiarizing the diagram of an existing Apple patent and submitting to United States Patent and Trademark Office as Google’s own invention.

Google patent application copies actual Apple USPTO diagram

Google Caught Red-Handed Ripping Off an Apple Patent Graphic” by Patently Apple:

“Recently Google has tried to mimic the MacBook Pro with Retina to blur the lines and now they’re thinking of adding presence technology to their Chromebook Pixel. The problem is that they just ripped off one of Apple’s granted patent figures to an embarrassing point that you have to see for yourself.”

The Apple patent was granted on January 17, 2012, and received press coverage that very same day. The Google patent application was filed next day, on January 18, 2012. Surely a coincidence.

Seems that Google, the Mountain View California based advertising agency, is getting so lazy it didn’t even bother to significantly change the graphic they ripped off from Apple. Perhaps Google is sharing Samsung’s copy machines?

Here are the details from USPTO

Apple Inc.
United States Patent 8098233 (go to image page 1)
Filed March 30, 2007
Prior publication August 9, 2007
Patent granted January 17, 2012

Google Inc.
Patent application 20130181936 (go to image page 6 for figure 5)
Filed January 18, 2012
Published July 18, 2013

If you can’t see the images on the USPTO website, you can see them below.

NOTE: USPTO requires using a plugin that can read TIFF files using ITU T.6 or CCITT Group 4 (G4) compression. Safari on current Mac OS X supports that odd format.


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