The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Apple's key patent of the day covers in-vehicle instrumentation and telematics which directly supports Apple's iOS in the Car project coming to market in the second half of 2014. Other patents cover advanced touch technologies, laser processing of display components and design patents which include Apple's Smart Case and more. Our report concludes by presenting you with a list of the remaining patents that were granted to Apple today.
Apple Granted Patent for Tactile Touch Screen Displays and Interfaces for Improved Vehicle Instrumentation and Telematics
Apple was granted a unique patent today that was originally acquired from Canadian engineer Timothy Prior that relates to an advanced in-vehicle dashboard system that specifically covers the use of voice recognition. The patent will support Apple's new iOS in the Car that that Eddy Cue presented at Apple's recent World Wide Developer Conference in June.
Apple credits Canadian "Timothy Prior" as the sole inventor 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 detailed granted patent and its 23 claims, see US patent 8,482,535.
Apple Granted Patent for Detecting Exposure to Water in an Electronic Device
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention that generally relates to techniques for detecting unwanted water intrusion in Apple iDevices.
Apple states that it would be desirable to detect consumer abuse without having to rely upon the statements of the user who may be returning a unit that is no longer working according to the original specification of the manufacturer. An embodiment of the invention is a water sensor mechanism, which may be used to automatically detect unwanted exposure of a printed wiring board (PWB) or printed circuit board (PCB) in the electronic device, to an amount of water that is likely to cause a malfunction or damage to sensitive electronic components.
This patent didn't work as well as Apple intended and were actually sued over it. Apple resolved their class action lawsuit regarding a faulty water indicator design.
Noteworthy is one of Apple's patent figures that just happens to support their famous wristband computer (or iWatch) patent revealed back in February. In patent FIG. 1 Apple is Illustrating 3 distinct categories of mobile iDevices: iPhone, iPad and iWatch.
Apple credits Timothy Johnston as the sole inventor of this granted patent which was originally filed in Q3 2010 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's granted patent 20 claims and details, see US patent 8,482,305.
Apple Granted Patent for Contact Tracking and Identification Module for Touch Sensing
Apple has been granted yet another multi-touch related patent that covers methods and apparatus for data input, and, more particularly, to a method and apparatus for integrating manual input.
Apple has been granted a plethora of Multi-Touch patents over the years and the only way to distinguish them at times is through each patent's individual claims. This patent presents 42 specific patent claims. The first patent claim states the following:
"A method of generating a control signal of a computing system including a touch sensitive surface, the method comprising: tracking a path of each contact of a set of one or more contacts, each contact corresponding to a touch object on or near the surface; determining motion information of the set of contacts based on the tracking; determining a liftoff from the touch sensitive surface of one or more contacts of the set based on the tracking; determining a dominant component of motion of the set of contacts based on the motion information prior to the liftoff, the dominant component of motion including one of translation, rotation, and scaling; determining a first motion of the one or more contacts determined to have lifted off based on the motion information prior to the liftoff, including determining a weighted average velocity of the dominant component of motion prior to the liftoff; determining whether the first motion is greater than a predetermined threshold; and generating, based on the determination of whether the first motion is greater than the predetermined threshold, a post-liftoff control signal based on the dominant component of motion."
Apple credits Wayne Westerman and John Elias as the inventors of this granted patent which was last filed for in Q2 2009 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. One of the original related patents dates back to 1999. To review today's granted patent 42 claims and details, see US patent 8,482,533.
Apple was also granted to another important multi-touch touch related patent titled "Method of capacitively sensing finger position," invented by Steven Bollinger back in Q3 2007. Apple's patent covers improved sensor array configurations that allow for accurate determination of finger positions in a given area.
Apple Granted Patent for Laser Processing of Display Components for Electronic Devices
Apple has been granted a patent that generally relates to manufacturing techniques for electronic devices, and, more particularly, to use of laser processing techniques in the construction of electronic device structures such as display structures. Apple doesn't just design great end-user consumer products; they design the machinery that goes into the meticulous processes that produce finely crafted products that exude class.
According to Apple, displays for electronic devices may be formed by laminating display layers together. The display layers in a display may include glass layers such as glass substrate layers associated with a color filter array and a thin-film transistor layer or other structures. The display layers may also include layers of other materials. As an example, the display layers may include optical films such as compensating films, diffusers, polarizers, antireflection coatings, and other layers formed from materials such as polymers.
In fabricating a display, layers of the display may be attached to one another using adhesive. With one suitable arrangement, glass layers for the display may be cut to their final size. Slightly oversized polymer layers may be attached to the surface of the glass layers. The polymer layers may be sized so that portions of the polymer layers do not overlap the glass layers, but rather overhang the edges of the glass layers.
Laser cutting techniques may be used in trimming away these excess portions of the polymer layers. For example, an infrared laser beam may be applied along the edge of the glass layers to remove the overhanging parts of the polymer layers. The resulting structure will have polymer layers with edges that are in alignment with the edges of the glass layers.
Apple credits Jun Qi, Wayne Fu, Chenhui Wang, Kuanying Lin, Nathan Gupta and Victor Yin as the inventors of this granted patent which was originally filed in Q1 2011 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's granted patent 20 claims and details, see US patent 8,482,713.
Apple Granted Three Design Patents Today
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