On August 2, 2010, China's Patent Office officially published Apple's registered iPad case design under number 1000992.4. Apple's iPad case has a microfiber interior and reinforced panels provide structure. The case could fold down so as to act as a stand for giving work related table-top presentations or slideshows and could be used casually to watch a movie or even use the onscreen keyboard. Apple introduced the iPad case on the day of iPad's launch.
Statement of Novelty
Apple's registered document covers the design with this description: "The features of the design for which novelty is claimed are the pattern, ornament, shape and configuration of the article as shown in the representations. The broken lines are for the purpose of illustrating a portion of the article that forms no part of the claimed design."
The original "Date of Entry in the Register" is noted as July 30, 2010. The design was received by their office on May 27, 2010. The iPad case design is registered until May 27, 2015.
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China's Patent and Trademark Office is officially known as the "Intellectual Property Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region."