The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 21 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention known as "Find my iPhone" and two 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.
Granted Patent: Find my iPhone
Apple's newly granted patent formally titled "Proactive security for mobile devices" covers their invention relating to mobile device security known under the marketing name "Find my iPhone.".
Technically, Apple's granted patent covers methods, program products, and systems for proactively securing mobile devices are described. A mobile device can proactively determine whether the mobile device is associated with a security risk and the level of the security risk. Upon determining a security risk, the mobile device can transmit coordinates of its current geographic location to a network resource (e.g., a server). To protect privacy of authorized users of the mobile device, the transmission can be disabled by entering a password. If multiple failed password attempts are detected, the mobile device can determine that the device is currently being operated by an unauthorized user, and can proactively increase a security level of the device. Under the increased security level, files or other content stored on the mobile device can be selectively protected. In some implementations, the mobile device can be transitioned into a surveillance mode where the mobile device records or captures information associated with one or more of user actions, ambient sound, images, a trajectory of the device, and transmits the recorded or captured information to the network resource.
Proactive security for mobile devices technology can be implemented to achieve the following exemplary advantages. A user can be alerted that a mobile device is at security risk before the user notices the mobile device is lost or stolen. The user can remotely locate the lost or stolen mobile device on a map, or track the movement of the mobile device. To further help locating the mobile device, images and ambient audio can be recorded from the mobile device and sent to investigative authorities (e.g., the police).
The user can have granulated protection of data stored on the mobile device. The user can selectively wipe or scramble the data when the mobile device is lost or stolen. Thus, the user can avoid having to wipe the entire device clean when the whereabouts of the device is unknown. When the data are scrambled rather than wiped, if the user subsequently recovers the mobile device, the data can be unscrambled. The user will not face a complete loss of data.
Access to function and programs stored on a lost or stolen mobile device can be selectively limited before the device is recovered. For example, functions that can incur costs to the user (e.g., long distance phone calls, text messaging, and data access) can be disabled. Security breach to corporate network can be prevented, for example, by changing the VPN settings upon detection of security risk.
You could find out more about "Find my iPhone" here. Apple's granted patent 9,258,715 was originally filed in Q4 2009 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted Two Design Patents Today
Apple was granted two design patents today covering the iPad 2's back panel / Housing (D749,077) and one pertaining to the Apple Watch titled "Link for Band" (D749,009).
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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