The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 20 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our second granted patent report of the day we cover Apple's patents for integrating MagSafe into a future iPad as well as a few design patents covering Apple's original iPod and iPod nano in addition to two user interface designs for iTunes. Yet the winner in this group bar none is a patent for Apple's multi-touch display technology that ignited their revolutionary iPhone in 2007. This is what distinguished the iPhone from any other at that time. Apple has been granted a patent for their method of fabricating a capacitive touch sensor panel.
Granted Patent: Integrating MagSafe into an iOS Device
Apple has been granted a patent for the assembly of a unit supporting MagSafe into an iOS device like an iPad as noted in patent FIG. 7 below. The patent states that "In one particular embodiment, the connector may be a power connector such as the MagSafe." Word of Apple considering MagSafe for iOS devices first surfaced in October 2010 as noted in our report titled "Apple Considers MagSafe for Portable Devices like the iPad."
Central Patent Claim: An electronic device comprising: a first housing having a first magnetic element, the first magnetic element being movably coupled to a surface of the first housing; and a second housing having a second magnetic element, the second housing cooperating with the first housing to form an enclosure of the electronic device, wherein when the first housing and the second housing are brought together at one or more interfacing portions to form the enclosure, the first magnetic element moves relative to the first housing to attach to the second magnetic element, the attachment creating a seal between the first housing and the second housing at the one or more interfacing portions.
The other key claims include claim 10 which covers a "method for assembling an electronic device" pertaining to the magnetic element, and claim 19 covers "a securing system" for the complex assembly.
Apple credits Chris Ligtenberg, John DiFonzo, Bret Degner and John as the inventors of Granted Patent 7,997,906 originally filed in Q2 2010.
Apple Wins another Touch Sensitive Related Patent
Apple has been granted a major patent relating to Apple's advanced "Multi-Touch" displays that made their 2007 iPhone so revolutionary and distinguished themselves from all PC Tablets of the past .
This particular invention relates to the bonding of flexible circuits to substrates, and more particularly, to the bonding of flex circuits to directly opposing attachment areas of a substrate, and an improved flex circuit design for enabling more secure and less error-prone bonding. Technically, Apple's patent is titled "Double-Sided touch sensitive panel and flex circuit bonding."
Apple's patent FIG. 1 illustrates exemplary computing system operable with multi-touch panel and flex-circuits according to one embodiment of this invention; Patent FIG. 2C is a side view of an exemplary pixel in a dynamic (touch) condition; Patent FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an exemplary sensor panel with rows and columns on opposite sides of substrate.
To review the four patent claims supporting this patent, see Granted Patent 7,999,795, originally filed in Q1 2007 and revised in Q1 2011. Apple credits Mark Hamblin and Steve Hotelling as the inventors.
Granted Design Patents: Original iPod, the iPod nano & Two UI's for iTunes
For the original iPod, Apple credits CEO Steve Jobs, VP Industrial Design Jonathan Ive and team members Bartley Andre, Daniel Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, Richard Howarth, Duncan Kerr, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Douglas Satzger, Calvin Seid, Christopher Stringer and Eugene Whang as the inventors of Granted Patent D643,403.
For credits on the other designs, see granted patents D643,402, D643,437 and D643,436. One iTunes user interface as noted above covers Apple's "Shuffle" feature. The other iTunes user interface covers "Downloads." The graphic associated with that design was too washed out to present in this report.
Other Granted Patents Published Today
Granted Patent 8,001,400: Power consumption management for functional preservation in a battery-powered electronic device
Granted Patent 8,001,314: Storing a driver for controlling a memory
Granted Patent 8,001,211: Convergence-enabled DVD and web system
Granted Patent 8,001,187: Peer-to-peer active content sharing
Granted Patent 8,001,148: Caching permissions information
Granted Patent 8,001,011: Method and apparatus for deferred purchasing of marked digital media items
Granted Patent 8,000,736: User programmable switch for portable data processing devices
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