Late yesterday, China's Hong Kong IP Department granted Apple thirteen new design patents relating to the iPad 2. The designs cover Apple's Black, White and 3G iPad 2 models in a series of both photographic and illustrative design styles. Apple has dramatically revved up their legal machinery in China this past year as the stream of granted design patents have dramatically risen. Just in September alone Apple was granted 40 design wins for iOS graphic elements, the MacBook Air and even their Shanghai Apple Store architecture. With Apple having accused Samsung of "slavishly- copying" its market-leading iPhone and iPad, every industrial design patent victory for iOS devices is another arrow in Apple's legal quiver.
Apple Wins 13 Design Wins for iPad 2: Patent Figures Series 1
The entire set of 13 design wins for the iPad two were originally filed in July of this year and granted on November 04, 2011. The actual number series covering the designs is listed as being 1101146.3M001 through to 1101146.3M0013. All of the iPad 2 designs are protected until July 2016. Below you'll find a random mix of iPad 2 design patent figures.
Apple Wins 13 Design Wins for iPad 2: Patent Figures Series 2
Apple Wins 13 Design Wins for iPad 2: Patent Figures Series 3
Apple's push to register their industrial product designs in China has been so strong this year that it warrants a new Patently Apple Trend Watch Archive. We could have that up as early as later today. Update: Here's the new Design Patents: China Archive
Notice: Patently Apple presents only a brief summary of patents with associated graphic(s) for journalistic news purposes as each such patent application and/or Granted Patent is revealed by the U.S. Patent & Trade Office. Readers are cautioned that the full text of any patent application and/or Issued Patent should be read in its entirety for further details. For additional information on any granted patent noted above, simply feed the individual patent number(s) into this search engine.
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