The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of nineteen newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Amongst this latest lot were three design patents. Two of them were posthumously awarded to the late, great, Steve Jobs. For those who were fond of Steve Jobs, it's a little reminder of his passion for design. Steve Jobs and Apple's distinguishable class still lead the way in a world bent on copycat designs.
Granted Design Patents for Current iMac & more
Apple has been granted design patents for their current iMac, third generation iPod Shuffle and a defunct two-piece iPhone Cover. Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs is posthumously credited on the iMac and iPod Shuffle.
Apple credits the late, great Steve Jobs, VP Industrial Design Jonathan Ive and team members Bartley Andre, Daniel Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, Richard Howarth, Duncan Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Douglas Satzger, Calvin Seid, Vincent Seid, Christopher Stringer, Eugene Whang and Rico Zorkendorfer as the inventors of Granted Patent D656,501, filed in Q2 2011.
Apple has been granted design patent D656,496 for their third generation iPod shuffle which included a single 3-position switch that toggled between off, play in order, and shuffle similar to the original iPod shuffle. It has since been replaced by a smaller stylized design.
Over and above the granted patents that were specifically reported on today, we present you with links to a few other interesting ones below:
Apple has been granted a fresh pair of iPad Smart Cover Patents today by the US Patent and Trademark Office by the titles Foldable accessory device & Electronic device with magnetic attachment . The patents follow the same line as those covered earlier this month. You could review our previous reports for full details: Apple Wins First Coded Magnet Patent for iPad Smart Cover and Apple Reveals Powerful Magnet Coded Apps for iPad & Sporting Gear.
Electrical components coupled to circuit boards (re: covers iPod)
Power source having a parallel cell topology (re: MacBook Pro Battery Cells)
Antenna isolation for portable electronic devices (re: iPhone/iPad)
Portable computer structures (re: ports for a MacBook Pro)
Wired headset with integrated switch (re: Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic)
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