China's Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 8 newly granted design patents for Apple Inc. late Friday. The designs noted above cover Apple's App Store and FaceTime logos and icons in addition to four retail packaging designs which appear to be new. They could simply be representing simpler redesigned iPod nano cases that would allow the packaging to sit on in-store wall hooks or be for a new miniature iOS device or accessory that's debuting this fall. Time will tell on that front, but for now, the newly granted design patents provide Apple's legal team with more ammunition against present and future copycat designers.
Granted Design Patents Issued to Apple
China's Patent and Trademark Office have officially granted Apple 8 design patents on Friday that were originally filed in April 2011. The designs consist of the following: FaceTime Icon Image, FaceTime for Mac Logo, App Store Icon Image, App Store Logo and four Apple Store Retail Packing patent Illustrations as we've shown in our opening graphic. A single set of the retail packaging graphics are shown below.
FaceTime Related Patent Design Wins
App Store Related Patent Design Wins
Apple Store Retail Packaging Patent Design Wins
An Example Form of a Granted Design Patent Registered in China
Apple's registered design wins for their retail packaging are covered under these numbers: 1100775.6M001/002/003/004. Apple's FaceTime related design patents are covered under numbers 1100629.7M002 and 7M004. Apple's App Store related design patents are covered under numbers 1100629.7M001 and 7M003. Unlike US design patent documentation, Apple's designers are not listed individually by name in any of the registered design forms listed in China's database.
Notice: Patently Apple presents only a brief summary of granted patents with associated graphics for journalistic news purposes as each Granted Patent is revealed by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Readers are cautioned that the full text of any Granted Patent should be read in its entirety for full details.