No kidding. The US patent office has given them ´CLAIM The ornamental design for an electronic device, as shown and described´ see pic below.
So every ultrabook manufacturer now needs to tread carefully because Apple didn´t specify anything more than a few crude pictures. They didn´t tell what it was, so put any electronics in a wedge form and you will unleash the Boeing 747 of lawyers permanently in the air ready to run havoc on your business.
Design patents should really be outlawed. Unfortunately the Korean government has warned manufacturers not to violate these patents. A court verdict to get rid of all the rectangles and wedges would help the industry so much more.
Just before posting this I patented a circle or ellipse form containing electronics, digital content, food or other stuff people are willing to pay money for. What madness and how destructive for innovation.
And yes, in case you wonder, there is prior art. Look for instance at this Sony http://www.weblogsinc.com/common/images/7032616626194684.jpg?0.9680318013340028 The patent is here http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=D661,296&OS=D661,296&RS=D661,296
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