The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of ten newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our first patent report this morning we covered Apple's design win for their original 2007 iPhone that credited the late Steve Jobs as one of the inventors. Our final patent report of the day focuses on one of Apple's important multi-touch patents that date back prior to the iPhone and we list eight others that cover such matters as dynamically generated ring tones and preview document modes.
Apple Receives Major Granted Patent for Multi-Touch
Apple has received a Granted Patent from the US Patent Office today that relates to one of earliest multi-touch patents on record. It's one of the patents that Apple gained when acquiring a gesture recognition company called FingerWorks back in 2005. Multi-touch was the driver behind the revolutionary 2007 iPhone.
Apple's newly granted patent covers apparatus and methods for simultaneously tracking multiple finger and palm contacts as hands approach, touch, and slide across a proximity-sensing, multi-touch surface. Identification and classification of intuitive hand configurations and motions enables unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling, 3D manipulation, and handwriting into a versatile, ergonomic computer input device.
All of Apple's popular iDevices utilize virtual keyboards and they're still working on virtual keyboards for future Macs.
The Other Eight Granted Patents Issued to Apple Today
It's Granted Patent Day
Readers should be aware that every Tuesday the US Patent and Trademark Office publish Apple's Granted Patents. Granted patents are approved patent applications that Apple applied for months or even years ago. In the vast majority of cases, "granted patents" aren't covering any new kind of technology on the day the patent is being granted. New Apple technologies are generally revealed on Thursdays by the US Patent Office in the form of published patent applications. Some Mac sites confuse this process by making claims and presenting bylines on Tuesday that insinuate that Apple has just revealed a new technology or process. In 99% of cases, this is simply untrue and readers should be made aware of this fact. Known exceptions would include patents that were recently acquired by Apple or a domestic and/or foreign patent application that Apple had never presented in the US before under its own brand name.
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