The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 54 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In our second and last granted patent report of the day, we briefly cover a few patents covering Apple's manufacturing and finishing processes related to such iDevices as the iPhone and iPad. Most of Apple's major product introductions for these latest iDevices include a video presentation from Apple's Senior VP of Industrial Design Jony Ive. These presentations are classic as they illustrate Apple's passion for design and the lengths that they'll go to get every last detail just right. Ive's latest presentations include the iPhone 5S and 5C. Lastly, our report briefly covers Apple's original iPhone voicemail system patent.
Apple Granted Patent for Force-Controlled Surface Finishing through the use of a Passive Magnetic Constant-Force Device
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to methods, apparatus and materials for finishing a "work-piece" having surface features using a constant force.
Apple's patent describes the use of a constant force device (CFD) acting as a compliant mechanism arranged to apply a constant force during a finishing operation carried out by surface finishing equipment, in one embodiment, the CFD can take the form of a device having constant-force magnetic springs. Particular examples of constant force magnetic springs are magnetic springs (referred to as MagSpring manufactured by NTI AG of Spreitenbach, Switzerland).
Apple credits Brian Demers as the sole inventor of this granted patent which was originally filed in Q3 2011 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 23 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
Apple Granted Patent for Pre-Processing Techniques to Produce Complex Edges using a Glass Slumping Process
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to systems and methods for forming complex edges on a glass member through the use of a glass-slumping process.
According to one aspect of the invention, a method of forming a complex edge in a glass forming process includes grinding an edge of a glass member and polishing the edge of the glass member. Grinding the edge of the glass member causes the edge of the glass member to have a first level of complexity. The method also includes performing a slumping process on the glass member. Performing the slumping process causes the edge of the glass member to have a second level of complexity that is more complex than the first level of complexity.
Apple credits Andrew Davidson, Michael Pilliod and Donald Ross 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 Apple's patent number 8,549,882. Apple's first granted patent on this manufacturing process was published by us on December 25, 2012.
Apple Granted Patent for Offset Control for assembling an iPhone
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to the context of housings for electronic devices such as the iPhone. According to one aspect, adjoining surfaces of electronic device housings can be mounted or arranged such that adjoining surfaces are flush to a high degree of precision.
If you're interested in some of the processes put into place in creating an iPhone, then this patent is for you. The patent mainly covers the assembly structure, attachment structures and techniques, alignment and protection arrangements optical lens formation and more.
Apple credits David Pakula, Richard Dinh, Scott Myers and Tang Tan as the inventors of this granted patent which was originally filed in Q2 2010 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 25 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
Apple Granted Patent for Voicemail System
Apple has been granted a patent for the iPhone's voicemail system which was originally filed all the way back in Q1 2007 as the iPhone was being unveiled.
Apple credits Gregory Novick, Freddy Anzures and Henri Lamiraux as the inventors of this granted patent. To review today's 16 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
A Note about Utility Patents: In United States patent law, utility is a patentability requirement as provided by 35 U.S.C. § 101, an invention is "useful" if it provides some identifiable benefit and is capable of use. European patent law does not consider utility as a patentability criterion. Instead, it requires that to be patentable an invention must have industrial applicability. This is why some of Apple's patents are challenged more in Europe by their competitors rather than in the US.
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