On August 12, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for their USB Power Adapter. Usually such inventions are covered by design patents, but Apple technically chose to file for a trademark. However, the design visual may be deceptive. Yes, Apple could be trying to trademark their current 5W USB Power Adapter, but they could also be trying to trademark a possible next generation 20W version that we first reported on back in May. Now that would be an interesting twist. Which one is it? Only time will tell.
Apple's Trademark Application In-Part for an Adapter
According to US Patent and Trademark Office's documentation, Apple's trademark was filed under International Class 009 with the following specifics presented: "Adapters for use with computers, computer peripherals, consumer electronics, portable and handheld digital electronic devices, digital media players, handheld computers, tablet computers, mobile phones, electronic book readers, electronic personal organizer, personal digital assistant, electronic calendar, and global positioning system (GPS) devices."
Apple's photo of their USB Power Adapter derived from a second trademark filing under number 86360795.
Below is an image from Apple's 2014 patent application regarding a more powerful USB adapter.
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