The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 34 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patented "curved touch sensors" for future flex displays. Apple has a curved display patent for a possible future iPhone and such designs will require curved touch sensors. Our report also provides you with a list of the other 32 patents that we didn't cover in our patent reports this morning.
Apple Granted Patent for Curved Touch Sensor
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to the formation of touch-sensors, and in particular, to forming touch-sensors having a curved flexible substrate.
Apple's patented method can include supporting the flexible substrate in the flat state on at least one curved forming substrate having a predetermined curvature; and performing an anneal process, or an anneal-like high-heat process, on the conductive thin film, wherein the anneal process can cause the flexible substrate to conform to the predetermined curvature of the at least one curved forming substrate. According to an embodiment, the curved forming substrate can include a first forming substrate having a first predetermined curvature and a second forming substrate having a second predetermined curvature complementing the first predetermined curvature.
Apple credits Lili Huang, Seung Hong and John Zhong as the inventors granted patent 8,603,574 which was originally filed in Q4 2010 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
Also see our other patent report published this today titled "Our Other Patent Apple Granted a Knockout Head Mounted Display System Patent."
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