Apple Granted 48 Patents Today along with an Important Reissued Patent for a Wildly Advanced Digital Pen
In 2011 Apple was granted a patent for a wildly advanced digital pen that was in many ways like the Livescribe pen for iOS and Android today. Today, Apple's reissued patent was listed amongst Apple's granted patents. Our report briefly touches on this invention that is considered a "Portable Computer" even though it's a digital pen because of its extremely advanced features that are miles ahead of their competitor's general stylus tools. 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 Computer (iPen)
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to portable computers and more particularly but not exclusively to hand-held computers of the kind sometimes referred to as personal digital assistants.
Although the pen allows for voice input and is considered a digital assistant, it's the dumber sibling when compared to an "intelligent digital assistant" like Siri. Whether Apple would ever consider meshing the two technologies into this device is unknown at this time.
Patently Apple first covered Apple's granted patent for this invention back in 2011 which referred back to a first reissued patent. Apple worked on a companion patent that surfaced in 2011 which you could likewise review here.
What is a Reissue Application?
Apple's patent states that "This application is a divisional broadening reissue application…" This extends through a series of past applications with the earliest being 2008.
What is a reissue patent application? In general, whenever any patent is, through error, deemed wholly or partly inoperative or invalid, by reason of a defective specification or drawing, or by reason of the patentee claiming more or less than they had a right to claim in the patent, the USPTO Director shall, on the surrender of such patent and the payment of the fee required by law, reissue the patent for the invention disclosed in the original patent, and in accordance with a new and amended application, for the unexpired part of the term of the original patent. No new matter shall be introduced into the application for reissue.
Apple credits Hilary Williams of Great Britton as the sole inventor of Reissued Patent RE45,559. The fact that this is the second reissue of this patent is at least showing us that Apple is determined to protect this invention and correct it as needed to withstand potential future lawsuits.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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