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1. Apple files for Mountain Lion TM, wins USB connector patent with a Possilble Twist
Apple's trademark filings for both "Mountain Lion" and "OS X Mountain Lion" were made public this past Friday – while being officially filed on July ninth in the US. Interestingly Apple's filing for Mountain Lion in China added much more coverage and detail. In fact, Apple added 3 specific entries relating to television. And lastly, Apple has been granted a design patent in Hong Kong China for a USB connector that appears to have a possible twist to it. We specifically point that out in one of our report graphics. Apple's OS X Mountain Lion is due to arrive before the end of the month.


Apple's Trademark Application In-Part


2. Apple's Trademark Application In-Part for Mountain Lion

Apple has filed for the "OS X Mountain Lion" trademark under trademark application 85672153 and the leaner "Mountain Lion" under trademark application 85672142. In the US, Apple has filed both applications under a limited version of International Class 009 as follows: Computer operating system software and application development tool software.


Apple has also filed for Mountain Lion in Hong Kong China under application 302312045 and filed for a much broader version of International Class 009 as shown below. Noteworthy is that Apple is now protecting Mountain Lion to be associated with televisions, television receivers and television monitors. What if anything this means is unknown at this time.


International Class 009 Filed in Hong Kong China: Computers; computer peripheral devices; computer hardware; computer gaming machines; hand held computers, tablet computers, personal digital assistants, electronic organizers, electronic notepads, electronic book readers; handheld electronic game units adapted for use with an external display screen or monitor; handheld digital electronic devices and software related thereto; handheld mobile digital electronic devices capable of providing access to the Internet and for the sending, receiving, and storing of telephone calls, faxes, electronic mail, and other digital data; electronic handheld units for the wireless receipt, storage and/or transmission of data and messages, and electronic devices that enable the user to keep track of or manage personal information; sound recording and reproducing apparatus; MP3 and other digital format audio players; digital audio recorders; digital video recorders and players; audio cassette recorders and players; video cassette recorders and players; compact disc recorders and players; digital versatile disc recorders and players; digital audio tape recorders and players; radios, radio transmitters, and receivers; audio, video, and digital mixers; car audio apparatus; earphones, headphones; audio speakers; microphones; electronic communication equipment and instruments; audiovisual teaching apparatus; optical apparatus and instruments; telecommunications apparatus and instruments; global positioning system (GPS) devices; telephones; wireless communication devices for voice, data or image transmission; cables; apparatus for data storage; chips, discs and tapes bearing or for recording computer programs and software; facsimile machines; cameras; batteries; televisions; television receivers; television monitors; computer software; computer and electronic games; computer software for creating, authoring, distributing, downloading, transmitting, receiving, playing, editing, extracting, encoding, decoding, displaying, storing and organizing text, data, graphics, images, audio, video, and other multimedia content, electronic publications, and electronic games; computer software for use in recording, organizing, transmitting, manipulating, and reviewing text, data, audio files, video files and electronic games in connection with computers, televisions, television set-top boxes, audio players, video players, media players, telephones, and handheld digital electronic devices; computer software to enable users to program and distribute text, data, graphics, images, audio, video, and other multimedia content via global communication networks and other computer, electronic and communications networks; computer software for identifying, locating, grouping, distributing, and managing data and links between computer servers and users connected to global communication networks and other computer, electronic and communications networks; computer software for use on handheld mobile digital electronic devices and other consumer electronics; electronic publishing software; electronic publication reader software; computer software for personal information management; downloadable pre-recorded audio and audiovisual content, information, and commentary; downloadable electronic books, magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, journals, and other publications; database management software; character recognition software; voice recognition software; electronic mail and messaging software; computer software for accessing, browsing and searching online databases; electronic bulletin boards; data synchronization software; application development software; user manuals in electronically readable, machine readable or computer readable form for use with, and sold as a unit with, all the aforementioned goods; computer equipment for use with all of the aforesaid goods; electronic apparatus with multimedia functions for use with all of the aforesaid goods; electronic apparatus with interactive functions for use with all of the aforesaid goods; accessories, parts, fittings, and testing apparatus for all of the aforesaid goods; covers, bags and cases adapted or shaped to contain all of the aforesaid goods.


Claim of Priority


Apple asserts a claim of priority based on Jamaican application numbers 59614 and 59615 filed 01/12/2012.


Apple Wins Design Patent in Hong Kong China


Apple has been granted a design patent in Hong Kong China under number 1200606.0 for a USB Connector with a different pin configuration than is known. Is it a possible new pin configuration or just one that I'm not aware of? I've pointed out the slightly different configuration aspects below in yellow.


3. Apple Wins Design Patent for USB Connector with Different Pin Arrangement

None of the connectors that I have relating to the iPhone (3G) or iPod touch have this configuration. If you're aware of this configuration on an Apple USB connector for a different product, then please take a moment and send in a comment to point it out for our audience. Otherwise, it's a bit of a mystery.



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Regarding USB connector:

Perhaps this will be a "bridge" connector to go between the current, full sized 30 pin connector and the rumored smaller 19 pin connector. Notice the drawing shorts across several pins of the 30 pin connector and by so doing leaves only 19 conducting paths. Hmmmm. So on one side they have this new, modified 19 pin connector in the existing 30 pin form and the other side could sport the new 19 pin smaller connector for all iOS devices going forward.

Apple has already done the same idea with the new Mag Safe to Mag Safe2 connector.

The pins that are linked together end up totalling 19 pins. Could be a 30 pin dock connector adaptor? I though't I'd heard rumours of new devices having a 19 pin connector. Maybe it's to allow a new cable to plug into an older device.

Isn't this a possibility of what's being talked about as a smaller pin connector for the next iPhone? They thought it'd be possibly a MagSafe style connector but an altered pin, shrunken version fits the bill.

Thanks for the feedback Marcus. However a close-up of the Micro USB pin configuration doesn't seem to match. Check out the link below to see what I mean:


Could the connector be this one here?

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