Strategies for hiding designs
Will Corbett and David Stone present a series of options for protecting a design without disclosing it to competitors
On July 18 this year there were numerous press reports that Apple
intended to change the well-established dock connector on its products,
including the iPhone. Rumours had been circulating online since at least
early 2012, but the July reports cited recently published US (utility)
patents as proof of Apple's plans. To the uninitiated, US 8,222,773
(published July 17 2012) appears to show an unexceptional FireWire
connection (in contrast to other Apple patents, such as US 8,212,859,
which clearly foreshadow un-launched products, such as head mounted
displays), and indeed the port had been shown in previous patents. But
that didn't stop the speculation....
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