The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of five newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. The patents reveal three new design wins for Apple which includes one for their now defunct first generation iPod Shuffle, one for their LED Cinema Display and another for their hot and lickable MacBook Air. The remaining patents cover a technology relating to Final Cut Pro and another relating to media player dismounting, a technology which Apple just updated in a new July filing.
Industrial Design Win: MacBook Air
Apple's CEO Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air notebook during Macworld 2008. D600,688. NBC's Today Show co-host Meredith Viera said in jest when reviewing the new lusty MacBook Air, that if you lick it, you own it.
Apple credits CEO Steve Jobs and the following engineers for granted design patent D600,688: Bartley Andre, Daniel Coster; Daniele De Iuliis, Evans Hankey, Richard Howarth, Jonathan Ive, Steve Jobs, Robert Duncan Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrback, Peter Russell-Clarke, Douglas Satzger, Christopher Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang and Rico Zorkendorfer. The patent was originally filed for in January 2008.
Industrial Design Win: Cinema Display
In October 2008, Apple introduced their new 24" LED Cinema Display. The display sports an internal iSight camera, microphone, and speaker system. It is the first Apple Cinema Display to use LED backlighting and the Mini DisplayPort for connection.
Apple credits the following engineers for granted design patent D600,696: Bartley Andre, Daniel Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, Evan Hankey, Richard Howarth, Jonathan Ive, Steve Jobs and others. The patent was originally filed for in October 2008.
Granted Patent: First Generation iPod Shuffle
Apple's first generation iPod Shuffle was introduced at MacWorld, January 2005. The illustration below presents us with both the real iPod Shuffle's front and rear views along with patent figures 9A-C which shows us the USB connector under the shuffle's bottom cap. This particular design was retired in September 2006.
Apple credits their CEO Steve Jobs along with Anthony Fadell and Jonathan Ive as the inventors of granted patent 7,593,782, originally filed in January 2005.
Granted Patent Relating to Final Cut Pro: Method and Apparatus for Tilting by Presenting Computer-Generated Characters
Apple's granted patent relates to tilting. Tilting is a field of adding text to graphical images. Tilting applications generate characters and associate the generated characters with graphic images. Such applications allow their users to apply effects to the characters. Apple's patent presents methods and apparatus for presenting computer-generated characters. The patent generally points to Final Cut Pro as the application to which this technology is applied.
Apple's patent FIG. 1 is presented as the focal figure of the patent. It presents us with canvas 105 that includes a track 110 with several characters 115-125. Every character on the canvas 105 must reside on the track. The position of each character on a track is specified with respect to the track. Any effect that is applied to the track is applied to each character on the track. Some embodiments establish a parent-child relationship between a track and its characters, so that the track specifies the default position of, and the default effects for, its characters. Any number of tracks can be created on canvas 105.
Apple credits Tom Langmacher and Mary Massey of Washington as the inventors of granted patent 7,594,180 which was originally filed in May 2004.
Granted Patent: Reducing Dismount Time for Mass Storage Class Devices: Apple's patent generally relates to diminishing the time it takes to dismount from plugging in your iPod or iPhone. It should be noted that Apple just updated this technology in July.
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