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1Final - Apple Wins Patents for Nike + iPod sensor & iTunes gift card kiosk - June 2011, Patently Apple 
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 15 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In today's second granted patent report we cover Apple's technology that's behind the Nike+iPod sensors and antennas in addition to a patent covering Apple's methods for gift card customization. The patent also covers an iTunes Customized Gift Card Kiosk which has yet to surface in the marketplace.  


Granted Patent: Custom Content Gift Cards


Apple has been granted a patent for custom content gift cards that also covers an automated iTunes Kiosk as illustrated below. Apple's related patent application was reported on in detail back in April 2010.


2 - Apple granted patent for custom content gift cards & iTunes Kiosk -  June 2011, Patently Apple 

Apple's patent FIG. 7 is a perspective view of an exemplary customized gift card packaged with a personal media player; FIG. 8 is a perspective view of an exemplary customized gift card dispenser/Kiosk.


Apple credits Michael Rosenblatt, Gloria Lin, Taido Nakajima, Sean Mayo and Andrew Hodge as the inventors of Granted Patent 7,959,065.


Granted Patent: Technology behind Nike + iPod


Apple has been granted a patent for the primary technology behind the Nike + iPod program which includes a special transceiver that is embedded in a running shoe. Apple received their first granted patent on this technology in November 2009.


3 - Apple is granted a patent relating to the Nike + iPod antenna technology - June 2011, Patently Apple 

Apple's patent FIG. 4 is an exploded view of an illustrative compact portable wireless device which Apple calls the sensor that goes into the Nike + Shoe. The sensor communicates to receiver that attaches to an iPod. The more updated iPhone's and iPod touches include the receiver without a separate pluggable receiver being required.


Technically speaking, the patent covers a compact portable wireless devices and antennas. The compact portable wireless device may be part of a piece of sports equipment. A compact portable wireless device may include a transceiver module that is used in communicating with equipment such as a handheld electronic device. An antenna for a compact portable wireless device could have a relatively small size while exhibiting high efficiency. A planar ground structure for the antenna may be formed from a circuit board on which integrated circuits have been mounted. A curved inverted-F resonating element may be attached to the ground structure. A battery may be provided to power the compact portable wireless device. The battery may be used as a parasitic antenna element.


Apple credits Shu-Li Wang, Juan Zavala, and Christopher Prest as the inventors of Granted Patent 7,961,151.


Other Granted Patents Published Today  


Trusted index structure in a network environment


Method and apparatus for distributing a thermal interface material


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