The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-seven newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our second granted patent report of the day we focus on three patents. The first is Apple's third Smart Cover win, the second covers Apple's iPhone haptics the last one covers the iPhone's cover assembly. To round off our report, we list an additional nine granted patents with some interesting ones worth exploring.
Apple is granted their Third Patent for the iPad's Smart Cover
Apple has received a Granted Patent that relates to their iPad's Smart Cover. The invention describes various releasable attachment techniques well suited for portable electronic devices. The title of the patent is "Accessory Device for Peek Mode."
Apple's patent states that the magnetic attachment mechanism could be used to releasably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention. The accessory device could be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the iPad.
Apple's patent FIGS. 27A-27C show a cooperating system of a segmented cover and tablet device configured to activate only uncovered portions of a display in a peek mode.
Apple credits Senior VP of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive along with team members Andrew Lauder, Matthew Rohrbach, Daniel Coster, Christopher Stringer, Florence Ow, Jiang Ai, Elvis Kibiti, John Ternus and Sean Lubner as the inventors of patent 8,264,310 which was originally filed in Q4 2010 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted Patent for iPhone Haptics & More
Apple has received a Granted Patent that relates to how the iPhone interacts with its user when the user is making an outgoing telephone call. During the making of an outgoing call, the iPhone vibrates in a pulsing manner while the destination phone is ringing. The on/off cycle of the vibration pulse may be synchronized to that of the ring tone, which is being played back simultaneously through the receiver. Apple's patent FIG. 1 shown below is a block diagram of a mobile phone being operated during an outgoing phone call.
Apple credits Michael Lee, Chad Sequin and Cyril Labidi as the inventors of granted patent 8,265,708 which was originally filed in Q3 2008 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted Patent for iPhone Cover Assembly
Apple has been granted a patent relating to the cover assembly retention of the iPhone. For example, a cover assembly is slid onto a housing assembly and retained to the housing assembly via detents, hidden screws, top hooks, or any combination of the above.
Apple credits David Pakula, Scott Myers, Tang Tan and Richard Dinh as the inventors of granted patent 8,264,837 which was originally filed in Q2 2010 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Final Patent Round-Up
Over and above the granted patents that were specifically reported on today, we present you with links to the remainder of Apple's 27 granted patents in our Final Patent Round-Up of the day as follows:
8,265,300: Method and apparatus for controlling volume
8,265,323: Earphone with removable component
8,265,329: Compact housing for portable electronic device with internal speaker
8,265,450: Capturing and inserting closed captioning data in digital video
8,265,603: Creation and management of voicemail greetings for mobile communication devices
8,265,905: Automated benchmarking of software performance
8,266,241: Image sharing (2004)
8,266,538: Remote access to layer and user interface elements (Dashboard)
8,265,097: Communication apparatus and communication method
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