On New Year's Eve 2013, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 43 newly granted patents for Apple. In our overview summary of today's granted patents, we specifically cover five inventions including Apple's unibody MacBook Pro, their Micro SIM smart card and more. We also cover two design patents and conclude our report with our traditional list of the remaining patents that were granted to Apple today for those wishing to explore them further.
Apple Granted Patent for the Unibody MacBook Pro
Apple has been granted a patent today for systems and methods relating to creation of their lightweight and durable MacBook Pro having a thin unibody top case and thin profile. The design provides structural support that distributes applied loads through the top case preventing warping and bowing.
Apple credits Brett Degner, Christian Ligtenberg, Ron Hopkinson, Bartley Andre, Jeremy Bataillou, Jay Nigen, Matthew Theobald, Matthew Casebolt, Charles Schwalbach, Brandon Smith and William Leggett as the inventors of granted patent 8,616,748 which was originally filed in Q2 2012 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 27 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
Apple Granted Patent for an Insertion Indicator on a Braille Device
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to methods and apparatuses defining an insertion indicator on a Braille device.
Information about an insertion indicator at a location on a display device is received. An output associated with the insertion indicator is provided to a Braille device. The output to the Braille device reproduces the location of the insertion indicator on the display device. The output associated with the insertion indicator may be provided to at least two cells of the Braille device. The output to the Braille device may be provided to raise a first dot of a first Braille cell on the Braille device, wherein the first Braille cell corresponds to a second location that precedes the first location on the display device. A Braille caption panel may be displayed on a display device, the Braille caption panel includes a simulation of the output associated with the insertion indicator on the Braille device.
Apple credits Richard Fabrick and Reginald Hudson as the inventors of granted patent 8,616,888 which was originally filed in Q4 2007 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 10 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
Apple Granted Patent for iDevice Editing Interface for Rearranging Home Screen Icons
Apple has been granted a patent today for an original iPhone feature that relates to an editing interface for rearranging icons on the home screen. It's an invention that lists the late CEO Steve Jobs as one of the inventors.
Apple states that in some aspects, the respective positions of two icons in a user interface can be selected to exchange positions in the one or more regions of the user interface, and one or both icons can change their visual appearance to indicate their selection status.
Apple's patent FIGS. 2B noted above illustrates an iDevice during the interface reconfiguration mode. The display includes animating the icons to simulate floating of one or more of the icons on a surface corresponding to the display surface. For example, the animated varying of the positions of one or more of the icons during the interface reconfiguration mode may resemble that of a hockey puck in an air hockey game.
Apple credits the late CEO Steve Jobs along with Imran Chaudhri and Bas Ording as the inventors of granted patent 8,619,038 which was originally filed in Q3 2007 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 18 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
Apple Granted Patent for Micro-SIM Smart Card
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to a smart card adapter apparatus. In one embodiment, the smart card adaptor includes: a first substrate, the first substrate having a cavity extruded therefrom; the cavity adapted to house a smart card. The assembled first substrate and smart card enables operation of a mobile phone with the smart card.
In one variant, the first substrate is compliant with a Mini-SIM physical specification. In other variants, the first substrate is compliant with a Micro-SIM physical specification.
Last year there was a battle between Nokia and Apple over the design of future miniature SIM cards for mobile devices. At the time it was reported that Nokia threatened to withdraw 50 or so SIM card related patents from ETSI if the Apple proposal is approved. Eventually Apple's design was chosen by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
Apple's patent FIG. 4 is a top elevation view of one exemplary embodiment of a Micro-SIM (3FF) card adapter; Patent FIG. 5 is a logical flow chart illustrating one exemplary method for using a smart card with a mobile phone in accordance with various aspects of Apple's invention.
Apple credits Tang Tan, Jason Sloey, Jared Kole and Naushad Zaveri as the inventors of granted patent 8,620,271 which was originally filed in Q2 2012 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 10 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
Apple Granted Patent for a GUI for Touch-Based Gestural Input on an Electronic Canvas
Apple has been granted another strategically important patent today for their invention relating to electronic devices with touch-sensitive surfaces, and more particularly, to electronic devices and methods for touch-based gestural input via touch-sensitive surfaces. Whether it's Apple's famed pinch and zoom or rubber banding features, touch techniques in many ways define modern mobile device functionality and distinguishes them from the copycat designers.
In this patent, Apple states that in some embodiments, the functions may include image editing, drawing, presenting, word processing, website creating, disk authoring, spreadsheet making, game playing, telephoning, video conferencing, e-mailing, instant messaging, workout support, digital photographing, digital videoing, web browsing, digital music playing, and/or digital video playing. The patent relates to both mobile devices as well as touch sensitive displays that could be found on a future desktop such as Apple's iMac.
In one embodiment, a method includes displaying an electronic canvas including an object at a first magnification level; simultaneously detecting a first and a second contact on the touch-sensitive surface, wherein at least one of the first contact and the second contact on the touch-sensitive surface is at a location that corresponds to a location on the display that is away from the object; detecting a gesture made with the first and second contacts; when a velocity of the gesture is less than a predefined gesture velocity threshold, scaling the electronic canvas in accordance with the gesture; and, when the velocity of the gesture is greater than the predefined gesture velocity threshold transitioning the electronic canvas from the first magnification level to a second, predefined magnification level in response to the gesture.
Apple credits Jay Capela, Akiva Leffert, Jason Marr, Christopher Weeldreyer and Peter Rapp as the inventors of granted patent 8,619,100 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.
Apple Granted Two Design Patents Today
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
It should be pointed out that granted patent RE44,688 listed at the top of our list above actually covers an Apple invention relating to the PowerPC architecture.
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