Yesterday we posted an IP report titled "Apple Granted 8 Design Patents Covering Next-Gen Apple Stores." Today's report covers two of Apple's newly granted design patents for Siri that were issued on Friday in Hong Kong China. One is for a single visual cue for Siri while the second design covers a series of 8 animated phases of Siri on an iDevice.
Unlike "patent applications," design patents published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and/or any other Patent Office, don't reveal pertinent information about a particular design. All we are given is a series of simple photos and/or line-art graphics of what was actually registered.
China Design Patent 1502550.5M001 Siri Visual Cue
China Design Patent 1502550.5M002 Siri Visual Cues
In Apple's second granted design patent we're shown a series of eight stages of Siri representing the animation associated with Siri. No explanation is given to why there are 8 stages. Whether these phases collectively represent a user's question being captured by Siri on an OS device is unknown – and that's the problem with design patents not filling in the blanks for us even on basic questions.
One of two granted patent certificates in-part for Apple's Siri related design patent issued on Friday by the Hong Kong Patent Office. The Patent Office notes "animated user interface…"
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