The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of thirty-two newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today including four design patents. The first two key patents that instantly stood out this morning were the ones for the original iPad and Smart Cover for the iPad 2. When designing the original iPad, Apple wanted to avoid the design flaws that were commonly associated with past attempts at a tablet PC. Apple didn't want users to see undesirable seams and gaps or the use of any kind of screw, bolt or rivet to mar the design. They also chose aluminum so that it would better work with wireless antennas. For those wanting to further explore Apple's patent, you'll find that the detailing throughout their patent is quite extensive. Whether this particular iPad patent will actually carry any value in their ongoing patent war with Samsung-Google is unknown at this time. The second noteworthy granted patent of the day goes to Apple's Smart Cover. It's Apple's fifth granted patent on this technology this year alone.
Apple receives a Granted Patent for the Original iPad
Apple credits John Ternus, Stephen McClure, Joshua Banko and Ming Yu as the inventors of this patent which was originally filed in 2010 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review Apple's patent with its twelve claims, see granted patent 8,345, 410.
Apple receives their Fifth Granted Patent for their iPad Smart Cover
Apple credits Jony Ive, Andrew Lauder, Daniel Coster, Christopher Stringer, Florence Ow, Jiang Ai, Elvis Kibiti, John Ternus and Sean Lubner as the inventors of granted patent 8,344,836 which was originally filed in Q4 2010. To review Apple's fourteen claims and other detailing see granted patent 8,344, 836.
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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