The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 48 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover several inventions. The first covers 3D structures like flexible circuit boards for small devices. The others cover Apple's "Game Center," Siri on iPod and advanced iDevice metaphors. Apple was also granted six design patents including the MacBook Air. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Apple Granted Patent for 3D Passive Multi-Component Structures
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to 3D structural arrays of passive components.
Apple's granted patent states that "as technology advances, product designs in general, and designs for mobile products in particular are becoming smaller and smaller. Although the use of surface mount electronic components has enabled some amount of size reduction, product designs sizes are continuing to be driven smaller. Size reductions are now being hindered by the limitations brought on by the physical area taken up by the surface mount parts. In many cases space above a circuit board is wasted, when for example a single large component requires a certain amount of space to be allowed above the circuit board.
The design limits caused by the physical area taken up by surface mount components needs to be overcome to support smaller and denser product designs. Therefore, what is desired is a way to increase the density of electronic components to enable smaller product designs. One such example is noted below in patent FIG. 17B which represents a top down view of a "stacked array."
Apple notes that the design is for "mobile devices," cell phones, personal digital assistants, media players, computing devices, and "other electronic devices." A possible Fitness band or iWatch kind of device would benefit greatly from such an invention.
Apple credits Shawn Arnold (Director Camera HW Core Tech), Douglas Kidd, Sean Mayo (Engineering Program Mgr.), Scott Mullins (one time lead iPhone System Integrator now at Nest), Dennis Pyper (DFM Engineering Mgr.), Jeffrey Thoma (Hardware systems integrator came from Kyocera wireless) and Kenyu Tojima as the inventors of granted patent 8,767,408 which was originally filed in Q3 2012 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted Patent for Game Center
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to Game Center. Apple notes that what is described in this patent is described "within the context of a new user joining a game center service which allows the user to participate with other users (e.g., "friends") in multi-player games. It should be noted, however, that the underlying principles of the invention may be implemented within the context of various other types of multi-user services including, but not limited to, video chat services and instant messaging services."
Apple credits Phillip Smith, Gabriel Belinsky and Erik Strahm as the inventors of granted patent 8,764,567 titled "System and method for implementing turn-based online games" which was originally filed in Q3 2011 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted Patent for Siri on iPod
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to a method, electronic device, and computer readable media for providing voice feedback to a user of an electronic device. This invention was later enhanced by integrating Siri in 2012.
Apple credits James Mason and Jesse Boettcher as the inventors of granted patent 8,768,702 titled "Multi-tiered voice feedback in an electronic device," which was originally filed in Q3 2008 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted a Patent for advancing iOS Metaphors
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to user interactions with items displayed on a user interface of a device. Apple notes that touch input to a mobile device is received from a user, and the device presents a graphical representation of an opening in response to the touch input.
Patently Apple first covered this patent application back in 2011. To review more graphics and details, see our report titled "Apple Focused on Advancing iOS Metaphors to a Higher Level."
Apple credits as the inventors of granted patent 8,769,443 which was originally filed in Q1 2010.
Apple Granted Six Design Patents Today
Apple was granted six design patents today covering an Apple Store tabletop stand/sign holder (D708,270); the MacBook Air (D708,179); the MacBook Pro (D708,174): a MacBook battery (D708,128); the iPad back cover (D708,186); and a MacBook part (D708,176). The three granted patent numbers marked in red above list Apple's Late CEO Steve Jobs as one of the designers/inventors.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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