The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a retail store portable point of purchase (POP) system, iDevice in-cell displays, a new Apple Watch design patent and more. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Granted Patent: Portable Point of Purchase User Interfaces
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to handheld electronic devices and, more particularly, to electronic devices configured to conduct sales transactions such as a point-of-purchase (POP) system.
Patently Apple initially covered this patent application back in April 2010 and you could review our report for more patent figures and details here.
Apple credits Gloria Lin, Amir Mikhak, Taido Nakajima, Sean Mayo and Michael Rosenblatt as the inventors of granted patent 9,026,462 which was originally filed in Q3 2008 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted another In-Cell Patent
Last month we posted a patent application report titled "The Process behind Apple's "Sensor-on-Glass" or "In-Cell" Touch Displays Comes to Light." Today, Apple was granted another in-cell related patent titled "Integrated touch screens" to go along with others that have been granted to them over the years (one and two).
Apple's patent FIG. 3 shows a TFT glass #309, on which can be formed circuit elements #311 which are multi-function circuit elements that operate as part of the display circuitry of the touch screen and also as part of the touch sensing circuitry of the touch screen.
Apple Granted Five Design Patents Today
Apple was granted five design patents today. The main design patent is for the new Apple Watch as noted below in three graphics covering all aspects of the outer design and form factor. The other design patents cover EarPod input mechanism Remote/Mic, the Game Center Icon, an Apple Store display structure and an iTunes component UI.
Apple has been on roll concerning Apple Watch design patents recently. On April 21 they were granted a series of Apple Watch band designs and again on April 28 they were granted a patent covering their three-contact band mechanism.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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