The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover several key design patents including the iPhone 4S that credits the late Steve Jobs plus others. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
In August 2010 Apple applied for a trademark related to the famous Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City that's a stunning Glass Cube. While that trademark is still pending, Apple has been granted a design patent for the same structure today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. It's a structure that the late CEO Steve Jobs was passionate about and was actually credited on the patent as one of the inventors/designers.
With Apple's next generation OS X Yosemite due to arrive this fall, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's "OS X Mavericks" as a Registered Trademark (RTM) today under registration number 4,590,319. As the saying goes, "it's better late than never." In other trademark news, Apple has tweaked their iBeacon trademark class verbiage in order to get the trademark approved by USPTO.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today plus 4 new design patents that cover the iPhone, MacBook Pro and more. Apple's design patents don't really describe anything. They simply boil down to being a bundle of patent figures that get approved and our report provides you with a number of jumbo graphics to review. A special note is made to the fact that Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs is one of the designers credited for the iPhone design.
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.
In February TechCrunch was the first to discover that Apple had acquired TestFlight. Beta testing iOS apps had long been a pain for iOS developers. So it wasn't a surprise that the announcement of TestFlight as part of iOS 8 was met with much fanfare at this year's WWDC 2014. Today, Apple's trademark filing for "TestFlight" was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
On August 05, the US and European Trademark Offices published trademark filings for "HealthKit." The US filing notes that Apple officially filed for their trademark on July 31 while filing it Europe yesterday. Of the two filings, it's Apple's European filing that extends their International Classes and in return provides much meatier descriptions of what HealthKit is to cover, including hardware like watches.The trademark filings are for the text HealthKit and not the logo at this time. Report Updated Aug.6, 5am PST.
After filing for the "CarPlay" trademark in China yesterday, Apple has now filed for this trademark in both the US and Europe under various International Classes for protection. For those unfamiliar with the "CarPlay" brand name, it's a standard developed by Apple to allow devices running the iOS operating system to function with built-in display units of automobile dashboards. CarPlay is available for all iPhones that use the Lightning connector and operate iOS 7.1 or later. While originally unveiled as "iOS in the Car" during the opening keynote of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 10, 2013, it was later formally renamed CarPlay on launching to the public on March 3, 2014, at the Geneva Motor Show. Report Updated August 16, 2014.
In 2012 Apple quietly introduced the iPad Smart Case. The new case covers iPads from front to back, but still includes the typical Smart Cover functionality found on the original iPad cover. Today, China has granted Apple four iPad Smart Cover design patents that will be protected until 2019. The design patents numbered 1400734.2M001-004 were officially registered on Tuesday and made public today.
Earlier this month Apple was granted another Thunderbolt related patent. Wikipedia notes that Thunderbolt (code named light Peak) was co-developed by Apple and Intel and made public in 2011. Apple applied for the Thunderbolt trademark shortly thereafter and came close to getting it registered. In fact in 2012 they were 30 days away from approval before running into problems and since then Apple has been trying repeatedly to get it registered with no success. In fact the US Patent and Trademark granted Apple their fourth approval extension on April 29, 2014. As Apple continues their trademark efforts in the US, a new positive development is occurring with Thunderbolt in Canada.
Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published an official letter that was sent to Apple regarding their trademark application for "Touch ID" having been refused by their trademark examiner. Noteworthy is the fact that the letter was originally sent to Apple on May 7 and only made public today. That's over a two month delay. The case against Apple's Touch ID being registered seems to be solid and valid. Apple officially has six months to reply to USPTO with a work-around remedy or risk automatic trademark abandonment. With Apple likely to add their Touch ID feature to new iPads this fall, it'll be interesting to see how Apple reacts to this latest news.
Late yesterday the Patent Office in China granted Apple a series of five design patents covering two distinct products. The first design patent category covers Apple's iPhone 5C cases and the second category covers Apple's Touch ID setup process with fingerprint transition illustrations.
Earlier today the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for the iOS 7 "Newsstand" Icon under registration number 4,559,843. Apple originally filed for their trademark in Q4 2013. For those unfamiliar with newsstand, it's an iOS application which when opened is a visual shelf, directly on the home screen, similar in style to iBooks. It emulates a newsagent's shop with virtual shelves that hold and present each newspaper and magazine that has been downloaded in to view and read, in one place.
On July 2, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published three of Apple's latest trademark filings which are set out to protect the iPhone's latest hardware and Home Page designs. Apple's iPhone design played an important role in Apple's battle against Samsung over the years. The updated designs now appear to cover the iPhone's larger Home Button, which reflects their new Touch ID feature, and iOS 7's flatter UI with redesigned icons. As you'll note in our report, Apple's descriptions of the new iPhone designs are quite extensive.