The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-six newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover Apple's granted patents relating to multitouch, the iOS magnifying loupe, noise cancellation for the Mac and iDevices and finally a design patent. To top off our report, we provide you with a full list of the other twenty-two patents that were granted to Apple today.
Apple Granted a Patent for their Touch Pad Electrode Design
Apple has been granted a major multitouch patent today relating to their capacitive multi-touch sensor panels that have rows and columns forming a rectilinear pattern that debuted in the original 2007 iPhone.
Apple credits Steve Hotelling and Kenneth Staton as the inventors of this granted patent which was originally filed in Q4 2007 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's granted patent claims and details, see US Granted Patent 8,358,276.
Apple Granted Patent for the iOS Magnifying Loupe
Apple was granted a patent today for their invention relating to the iOS Magnifying Loupe. Apple describes their patent covering context-sensitive, automated use of a magnification loupe to facilitate management and manipulation of user interface content and small user interface elements via gestures on a touch-sensitive surface.
Apple credits Ian McCullough and Peter Berger as the inventors of this granted patent which was originally filed in Q4 2009 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's granted patent claims and details, see US Granted Patent 8,358,281.
Apple Granted Patent for Noise Cancellation
Apple has been granted a patent relating to noise cancellation techniques that improve headset-based audio communications using a portable host device. Apple's detailed patent covers by 29 patent claims.
Apple credits Lawrence Heyl and Timothy Johnson as the inventors of this granted patent which was originally filed in Q3 2009 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's granted patent claims and details, see US Granted Patent 8,358,788.
Apple Granted a Design Patent for iPad Packaging
Apple credits VP Industrial Design Jonathan Ive and team members Jody Akana, Bartley Andre, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, Evans Hankey, Richard Howarth, Duncan Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Christopher Stringer, Eugene Whang and Rico Zorkendorfer as the inventors of Granted Patent D674,709, originally filed in Q2 2012.
The Remaining Patents that were Granted 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.
Patently Apple presents only a brief summary of granted patents with associated graphics for journalistic news purposes as each Granted Patent is revealed by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Readers are cautioned that the full text of any Granted Patent should be read in its entirety for full details. About Comments: Patently Apple reserves the right to post, dismiss or edit comments.
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