Apple's latest iPad Pro was introduced back on October 30, 2018 along with a new Smart Keyboard Folio and the iPad Pro Folio (cover). On Friday, the Hong Kong patent office published 20 iPad Pro design patents with new backside Smart Connector, 15 Apple Watch 4 design patents with the last batch covering 6 iPad Pro Folio design patents.
Unlike "patent applications" that provide the public with an abstract, summary and details of an invention, design patents published around the world are limited to only providing the public with design patent figures. No additional specifics of the design(s) are made available. This report covers patent figures relating to the 2018 iPad Pro Folio.
One of the Hong Kong Design Patent Forms
Considering that there are 6 design patents for the iPad Pro Folio, we'll only present you with a single granted design patent form issued by the Hong Kong Patent Office. The only change between the forms is the patent number that is assigned.
The Locarno Classification for the iPad Pro Folio is listed as Class 3-01 which covers the following: "Trunks, suitcases, briefcases, handbags, keyholders, cases specially designed for their contents wallets and similar articles."
Overview of the Six Design Patents for iPad Pro Folio
In overview fashion, all iPad Pro Folio design patents that were granted to Apple on Friday by the Hong Kong Patent Office are presented below. We focused on elaborating on a single design patent that covers all of the main features.
The other five design patents protect specific parts of the folio. For instance, design patent 1900085.0M004 focuses on the flap with emphasis on the camera opening. Each design patent also covers five angles and it would be too time consuming to cover 25 more figures when the initial design covers the entire design.
Side Note: It's kind of a mystery as to why the design patents published in Hong Kong are presented in such a superior fashion with super clean and clear patent drawings when compared to those published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Perhaps with so many copycat companies in Hong Kong, it's simply a protective measure should they need to make presentations in court.