Apple has Won 5 Design Patents presented in photo & line art forms covering the iPad Pro & Magic Keyboard Combination
On December 06, 2020 Patently Apple posted design patent report titled "Apple was Granted 13 Design Patents for their 2020 iPad Air." Today we discovered that the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple 5 design patent totaling 38 images covering Apple's iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard combination. Two of the design patents are presented with photo images while the other three patents are presented in line Art form.
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 only patent figures. No additional specifications related to the design are made available.
Magic Keyboard – In Photos
On Thursday Apple was granted five design patents covering the iPad Pro and its Magic Keyboard. The first of two photo-based design patents registered is presented in-part below, covering design patent 2016833.8M001.
The second photo-based design patent .8M002 appears to be identical to 8M001. Whether the Hong Kong Office entered the images incorrectly is unknown at this time, but 8M002 shouldn't be presenting the same images as .8M001.
Apple filed all 5 design patents under Locarno Classifications 14-01, 02 and 03 which basically covers the following:
14-01: Equipment for the Recording or Reproduction of Sounds and Pictures
14-02: Data Processing Equipment as well as Peripheral Apparatus and Devices
14-03: Telecommunications Equipment, wireless remote controls & Radio Amplifiers
Magic Keyboard – Line Art
Apple was granted 3 design patents covering the iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard in Line Art form. Patently Apple is presenting only the images of design patent #2016833.8M003 as presented below which covers the entirety of the iPad Pro and it's Magic Keyboard Accessory.
The Line Art design patent that we covered above represents the full design, which is present with all solid lines that shows what is being protected in the design.
The other 2 Line Art design patents issued to Apple, that are not presented in full in this report, provide only partial coverage for things that Apple wants to doubly protect.
In the first example presented below, Apple's design patent 2016833.8M004 is illustrating "partial coverage" wherein only the keys, trackpad and part of the outline of the iPad Pro's display is presented in solid lines. That's what Apple requested to protect specifically in this secondary filing.
The rest of the design, as you can see below, is presented in broken lines which are only there to act as a visual guide mechanism so that the solid lines stand out presenting what is being doubly covered by Apple.
In the second example presented below, Apple's design patent 2016833.8M005 is illustrating "partial coverage" wherein only the iPad Pro is presented in solid lines. That's what Apple requested to protect specifically in this secondary filing.