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5. Apple 'patents' rectangles
Apple already has the rounded rectangle patent, but in 2012 popular technology news site The Register "reported" that Apple had patented the actual rectangle shape. It came around the time that Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs was publicized amid Jobs' claims he would "go to thermonuclear war" over patents. Simply put, while untrue, the site summed it up in a single line: "Yes, Apple is asserting a patent on the rectangle." The actual patent claimed in the article relates to air-valve fobs for radiators.