The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of eight newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. The notables within this group include a design patent for Apple's iPod touch, a design patent for their In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic and yet another interesting design patent for a new iPhone or iPod touch security cable. On June 17, Apple introduced Find My iPhone for MobileMe to help recover a lost iPhone or remotely wipe the personal data on it. So it seems to be the year for hand-held device security. Perhaps we'll hear more about this security cable at Apple's upcoming event. And lastly, perhaps Avie Tevanian's last patent contribution concerning a graphical user interface and accompanying functionality for binding Web page definitional elements to a back-end state.
Industrial Design Wins
Apple has been granted design patent D599,330 for a new iPod touch and/or iPhone security cable product which was originally filed for in December 2008.
Apple has been granted design patent D599,342 for their hot selling iPod touch which was originally filed for in September 2008.
Apple has been granted design patent D599,330 for their In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic which was originally filed in September 2008.
Other Noteworthy Granted Patents Published Today
Semiconductor Die Package with Internal Bypass Capacitors: Apple's patent generally relates to techniques for reducing voltage noise in electrical circuits. More specifically, the present invention relates to a package for a semiconductor die which contains bypass capacitors that operate to reduce voltage noise on an integrated (IC) circuit device, such as a microprocessor chip. Apple credits William Cornelius for granted patent 7,583,511 which was originally filed in September 2008.
Method and Apparatus for Loop Breaking on a Serial Bus: Apple's patent generally relates to data communications. More particularly, the present invention relates to a method and apparatus for loop breaking on a serial bus. Specifically, Apple's patent discusses adding loop breaking to FireWire to make the plug in process for to today's home entertainment devices even easier. Apple was awarded granted patent 7,583,656 which was originally filed for in May 2005.
Method and Apparatus for Binding User Interface Objects to Application Objects: Apple's patent abstract states the following: A graphical user interface (GUI) and accompanying functionality for binding Web page definitional elements to a back-end state (e.g., client- or server-side back-end state) and custom logic is provided. In one embodiment, a template containing definitional elements, custom logic, and bindings are generated that define all or a portion of a Web page based on input received and functionality provided by the invention. Apple was granted patent 7,584,430 which was originally filed for in July 2006. This must have been one of the last patents that Avie Tevanian worked on before leaving Apple. Avie Tevanian was Apple's chief software technology officer and the man credited with building the core of OS X.
Electronic Device having Magnetic Latching Mechanism: Apple's patent abstract states the following: magnetic latch for a display of a laptop computer is disclosed. The latch uses magnetic attraction to maintain the display closed and uses magnetic repelling forces to pop-up the display when opened. The latch includes one or more magnetic elements in the body of the laptop and at least one magnetic element in the display. When the display is closed, the magnet element in the display is positioned adjacent the magnet element in the body having an opposite polarity so that the magnet elements are attracted to one another. To pop-up the display, the user moves the magnetic element in the display so that it meets the magnetic pole in the body having the same polarity. When these meet, the repelling force between them causes the display to open slightly so that a user can then readily open the display. Apple credits Chris Ligtenberg and Brett Degner for granted patent 7,583,500 originally filed in December 2005.
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