The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent for Thunderbolt and a series of design patents. 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 an Optical Signal Magnetic Connector: Thunderbolt
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to circuits, apparatus, and methods for power and data transfer systems that can supply both power and data to mobile computing or other types of devices using a single connection. Apple's granted patent more importantly provides a connector system for connecting fiber-optic and power cables to mobile computing or other types of devices.
Patently Apple first covered this as a patent application back in December 2010 when it was in context with Light Peak which later became Thunderbolt. To review more of the patent's graphics see out original report.
Thunderbolt was co-developed by Apple & Intel. At the moment, it appears that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office is in the process of approving Thunderbolt as an Apple trademark. It's now in "Advertising" Phase. According to the Canadian patent office, "once approved by the Trademarks Examiner, the public is given notice of the mark by its being advertised in the Trademark Office's magazine." Thunderbolt began its advertising phase on July 02, 2014. Apple began to file trademark applications in 2011.
Apple credits John DiFonzo, Chris Ligtenberg and Michael Culbert as the inventors of granted patent 8,770,857 which was published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted 9 Design Patents Today
Apple was granted 9 design patents today. Beyond a series of screen elements and icons including iTunes U and Launchpad, Apple was granted design patents covering their sixth generation iPod nano, a thermal device, a fan component and an Apple Store table stand as noted below.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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