Apple seeks patent for compactable disc adaptor
While most good ideas seem simple once someone's thought of them, it this any more than a special case of "if something won't fit in an envelope, fold it up"?
The application also sets out the processes for shipping and using the adaptor, which can be summarised as "if the adaptor is expanded, collapse it and then pack the disc and adaptor" and "expand adaptor, fit disc into centre of adaptor, then use disc."
That seems pretty obvious to me. Doesn't prior art in a variety of industries (including flat-pack furniture and telescopes) have these concepts covered?
I have no fundamental problem with the idea of patents, but to my mind the degree of innovation behind this application is too trivial to deserve protection.
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