Walking of thin ice has its consequences, if you don't believe it, ask all the companies that intentionally or not, have used the MacBook Air design as its Ultrabook shapes.
Apple possesses the patent of it and it is very severe. A wave of litigations could start any moment now.
Look at what The Verge said:
|It's been pretty easy to look at recent Apple design patents and see that they haven't carried with them the broad patent coverage many might think, but that isn't the case with Apple's new US patent — D661,296 — that issued on Tuesday. While a recent patent rumored to be on the Macbook Air design turned out to be a dud, covering only the bottom feet of the device, the 'D296 patent is much different. This patent is clearly intended to broadly cover the distinctive wedge or teardrop profile of the notebook.|
While there are certainly going to be some noticeable differences between Apple's design and other notebooks in the market, let's not forget how aggressively Apple has used its design patents against competitors in the smartphone and tablet space. And given just how much we're starting to see this wedge look in ultrabooks like HP's Envy Spectre and the Asus Zenbook we certainly wouldn't be surprised if Apple decided to wave its new patent around a bit. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.
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