The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we specifically highlight three patents. The first covers Apple's iDevice touch sensing architecture. The second covers Intelligent paring of iDevices in a Nike + iPod-like wireless paring scenario but could technically cover the pairing of an iPhone and a future wearable computer such as sports band or smartwatch. The last granted patent covers the sensors contained in Apple's Magic Mouse. We conclude our report with a few of Apple's newly granted design patents and a full listing of the remaining patents granted to Apple today.
Apple Granted Patent for Touch Sensing Architecture
Apple has been granted another key multitouch related patent encompassing a touch sensitive architecture. Apple's invention relates to apparatus and methods for simultaneously tracking multiple finger and palm contacts as hands approach, touch, and slide across a proximity-sensing, multi-touch surface. Identification and classification of intuitive hand configurations and motions enables unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling, 3D manipulation, and handwriting into a versatile, ergonomic computer input device.
Apple credits Wayne Westerman and John Elias as the inventors of granted patent 8,629,840, which was originally filed in Q3 2007 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 66 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
Apple Granted Patent for Magic Mouse Multitouch Sensor Patterns
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to their Magic Mouse's touch sensor panels, and more particularly, to capacitive multi-touch sensor patterns and stack-ups.
Apple credits Brett Degner, Ken Staton, Steve Hotelling and Shin Choi as the inventors of granted patent 8,629,841 which was originally filed in Q3 2008 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 29 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
Apple Granted Patent for Intelligent Pairing of Devices
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to the field of small form factor electronic devices. More particularly, the embodiments describe techniques for intelligently pairing a portable iDevice and a remote device like running shoes.
Technically, the patent could be used in conjunction with a future wearable computer such as a sports band and/or smartwatch.
Apple credits Eugene Dvortsov, Benjamin Rottler and Michael Ingrassia as the inventors of granted patent 8,630,586 which was originally filed in Q3 2010 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 19 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent. In 2012 Apple filed for a related patent covering the "Motion Signature" for iPod + Nike System.
Apple Granted 6 Design Patents Today
Apple was granted 6 design patents today covering such things as the iPhone's display module, the iPad Smart Cover, a Power Plug, the "Genres" Apple TV interface, MacBook Pro Battery configuration (not shown), iDevice folder UI (not shown).
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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