On February 19, 2013, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover patents describing a proximity detector, future active Apple Store packaging, a haptics feedback system describing a virtual keyboard and more. We close out our report with a full listing of the other patents that were granted to Apple today.
Apple Granted Patent for Proximity Detector for the iPhone and iPad
Apple has been granted a patent today for a proximity sensor used in a tablet and smartphone. This is one of Apple's original tablet and smartphone patents dating back to 2005 or two years prior to the debut of Apple's iconic iPhone. We presented this in our Tablet Prophecies Series back in 2010 just prior to Steve Jobs introducing the iPad. One of the patent figures noted below covers floating controls.
Apple credits Jonathan Ive, Steve Hotelling, Brian Huppi, Joshua Strickon, Duncan Kerr, Bas Ording, Imran Chaudhri, Greg Christie, Peter Kennedy, Anthony Fadell and Jeffrey Robbin as the inventors of this granted patent which was originally filed in Q3 2005 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's granted patent claims and details, see US patent 8,381,135.
Apple Granted Patent for Active Electronic Media Device Packaging
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to electronic media devices, and, more particularly, to future active packaging for electronic media devices that allows power, data, or both power and data to be supplied to one or more electronic devices housed within the active packaging.
About Apple's Patent Figure 8: Apple states that to provide power to electronic media device in the packaging, a wireless power receiver module may be built into or attached to active package. For example, an antenna may receive RF signals from an RF power transmitter (e.g., RF power transmitter 802 of FIG. 8) and convert the received RF energy into direct current. The current may be used to power or charge electronic media device while it is housed inside active package.
To review Apple's patent detailing and 35 patent claims, see granted patent 8,376,776
Apple Granted Patent Relating to Haptic Feedback
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to methods and apparatus for providing haptic feedback, and more particularly relates to methods and apparatus for localizing of haptic feedback by limiting the effects of vibratory crosstalk between feedback positions. Apple's invention specifically covers haptics in context with a virtual keyboard.
You could review the details of this patent by viewing our original report on Apple's Q1 2011 patent application, titled "Apple Gets Closer to a Virtual Keyboard for the iMac +."
Apple credits Aleksandar Pance, Paul Alioshin, Brett Bilbrey and David Amm as the inventors of this granted patent which was originally filed in Q3 2009 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted Patent for Mounted Shock Sensor
Apple has been granted a patent for a mounted shock sensor that basically allows an Apple Store Genius or technician to determine whether the electronic device coming in for service was actually dropped or subjected to a shock event that exceeded an impact threshold level.
So if you're going into an Apple Store to repair your MacBook Pro that's not working, don't try to play dumb if you actually dropped your MacBook causing the problem. They'll know you're lying and shoot you on site.
For More details, see Apple's granted patent 8,375,676.
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.
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