The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 35 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's sixth Smart Cover patent, three touch related patents, noise cancellation and GarageBand's virtual keyboard. We conclude our report by providing you with a full list of the granted patents issued to Apple today beyond those that we've specifically covered.
Apple Granted Patent for the iPad's Magnetic Attachment System
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to the iPad's magnetic attachment system. Apple has been granted several other patents relating to this technology over the past year and you could review them here: one, two, three, four and five.
The key is that the iPad's Smart Cover is using advanced "smart" magnetics. Last year Apple was sued by a company with a "dumb" portable computer cover patent claiming that Apple infringed on their patent.
Apple credits VP of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive and team members Andrew Lauder, Matthew Rohrbach, Daniel Coster, Christopher Stringer, Florence Ow, Jang Ai, Elvis Kibiti, John Ternus and Sean Lubner as the inventors of granted patent 8,514,042 which was originally filed in Q3 2012 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted 3 New Touch Related Patents
Earlier this month the ITC ruled that Samsung had infringed on two of Apple's patents. One of them related to a key touch screen related patent called "The Steve Jobs" Patent. One of the keys to Apple's revolutionary iPhone in 2007 was its various multitouch and the touch screen technologies. Today, Apple has been granted another three patents relating to touch technologies in one form or another.
The first granted patent is titled "Degree of Freedom Extraction from Multiple Contacts." The second granted patent is titled "Flexible calibration device for touch sensor panel calibration. Apple's third granted patent is titled "Mutual capacitance touch sensing device."
Apple Granted Patent for the iPhone's Active Noise Cancellation Feature
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to activation and deactivation of an active noise cancellation (ANC) process or circuit in a portable audio device such as a mobile phone.
Apple states that mobile phones enable their users to conduct conversations in many different acoustic environments, some of which are relatively quiet while others are quite noisy. The user may be in a particularly hostile acoustic environment, that is, with high background or ambient noise levels, such as on a busy street or near an airport or train station.
To improve intelligibility of the far-end user's speech to the near-end user who is in a hostile acoustic environment (i.e., an environment in which the ambient acoustic noise or unwanted sound surrounding the mobile phone is particularly high), an audio signal processing technique known as active noise cancellation (ANC) can be implemented in the mobile phone.
With ANC, the background sound that is heard by the near-end user through the ear that is pressed against or that is carrying an earpiece speaker, is reduced by producing an anti-noise signal designed to cancel the background sound, and driving the earpiece speaker with this anti-noise signal. Such ambient noise reduction systems may be based on either one of two different principles, namely the "feedback" method, and the "feed-forward" method. Apple's patent covers their new approach.
Apple credits Guy Nicholson as the sole inventor of granted patent 8,515,089 which was originally filed in Q2 2010 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 12 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent. Apple certainly needed to upgrade their noise cancellation technology because it was a failure in the iPhone 4S.
Apple Granted Patent for the Scrolling Virtual Music Keyboard
Apple has been granted a patent for GarageBand's scrolling virtual music keyboard.
A traditional piano contains 7 octaves plus a minor third and 88 keys. A handheld wireless electronic device with a touch-sensitive screen input can run a virtual keyboard program that allows a user to play and record music. However, due to size dimensions of current devices only a fraction of a full 88-key keyboard is displayed on the touch-sensitive screen at a time. For example, an electronic device with a touch-sensitive screen input can display only one or two octaves of a musical keyboard at a time and still display keys that are large enough for ordinary users to play. However, users may wish to access other keys and octaves of a full 88-key keyboard for more options in creating sounds and music. Apple's patent explains their solution regarding the scrolling virtual music keyboard.
Apple credits Christof Adam and Elliott Harris as the inventors of granted patent 8,516,386 which was originally filed in Q3 2010 and published today by the US Patent and trademark Office. To review Apple's 25 patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
The Remaining Patents that were granted to Apple Today
To review more of the patents that were issued to Apple today by USPTO, see our earlier report titled "Apple Granted Patents Relating to Sports Workout, Advanced Image Sensor, Futuristic 3D Application for iPad & More.
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