The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 58 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover two patents. The first covers flexible circuitry suitable for smaller devices like a wristwatch. The second covers Siri. Apple was also granted ten design patents today. One of the key design patents covers the Mac Pro tower packaging. 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 Electronic Devices with Tubular Flexible Circuitry
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to electronic devices, and more particularly, to electronic devices with flexible circuitry. Apple notes that the invention may relate to flexible circuitry for possible future laptop computers, computer monitors with embedded computers, tablet computers, cellular telephones, media players, other handheld and portable electronic devices, smaller devices such as wrist-watch devices, pendant devices, headphone and earpiece devices, other wearable and miniature devices, or other electronic equipment. Considering that Apple also references OLED displays, the intended flexible circuits may be intended with flexible displays for wearable computers.
Apple's patent FIG. 7 is a perspective view of illustrative flexible circuitry connected to multiple internal electronic components of an electronic device.
Apple credits Teodor Dabov as the sole inventor of granted patent 8,797,748 which was originally filed in Q4 2011 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
Apple has been granted another Siri Related Patent
Apple was also granted a Siri related patent today under the title: "Disambiguation based on active input elicitation by intelligent automated assistant."
Apple's Patent Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable storage medium related to operating an intelligent digital assistant are disclosed. A user request is received, the user request including at least a speech input received from a user. Two or more alternative interpretations of user intent are obtained based on the received user request. One or more commonalities and one or more differences among the two or more alternative interpretations of user intent are identified. A response is provided to the user, the response presenting at least one of the identified differences and eliciting additional user input to choose among the two or more alternative interpretations of user intent based on the at least one difference. For more on this, see Apple's patent.
Apple was Granted Ten Design Patents Today
While Apple was granted ten design patents today, most of them were for icons or portions of a graphical user interface. Some of the icons include Apple's Passbook, their Do not Disturb icon, iPhoto for iPad icon and the iPhone's virtual keyboard. The notables include Apple's Mac Pro Packaging as noted below in our first graphic. It's the box's internal packing as noted in this unboxing video from Marques Brownlee at the 1:11 minute mark to be specific. That frame is presented in our graphic below for your convenience. In our second graphic below you can see that Apple was granted two design patents related to the slimmed down iMac and a screen portion of a user interface.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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