The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover several new design patents covering the iPhone with the iOS GUI and an all-new icon related to the iPad and more. Additionally, we cover a patent relating to a new speakerphone, mobile clubbing and two key original touchscreen related patents. One of them lists the Late Steve Jobs as an inventor.
Apple Granted Patent for Portable Multifunction Device, Method, and GUI for Interpreting a Finger Gesture on a Touch Screen Display
Apple has been granted two original touchscreen patents that were designed for the 2007 iPhone and future iDevices. The pair of patents could one day be used in litigation. The graphic below which specifically relates to patent 8,519,963, depicts an exemplary user interface for unlocking an iPhone or iDevice.
This particular patent generally relates to portable electronic devices, and more particularly, to portable devices that can uniquely determine operations associated with a finger gesture when the finger gesture occurs near multiple icons on a touch screen display. This patent is covered by 25 patent claims.
The second noted touch related patent is 8,519,964 which generally relates to portable electronic devices, and more particularly, to portable devices that support user navigations of graphical objects on a touch screen display. This patent is covered by 12 patent claims. The Late Steve Jobs is listed on this patent as one of the inventors.
Apple Granted Patent for Mobile Clubbing App
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention that generally relates to mobile clubbing. Apple’s patent covers systems and methods for facilitating a music experience that could be shared amongst members of a group of people each in possession of an iDevice. More particularly, the music listened to by each member of the group could be specifically selected by an individual member using a music characteristic common to all members. See Patently Apple’s original 2011 patent application coverage for details.
Apple credits Sylvain Louboutin as the sole inventor of granted patent 8,521,316 which was originally filed in Q1 2010 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted Patent for a Speaker with a Horizontal Former
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating an iDevice speakerphone system. The key to this patent is a speaker having a horizontal former. For more details, see Patently Apple’s original coverage of this patent application under the title “Apple Reinvents Speakerphone System for iOS Devices,” in May 2012.
Apple credits Christopher Wilk as the sole inventor of granted patent 8,520,886 which was originally filed in Q1 2011 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple Granted 7 Design Patents Today
Apple was granted 7 new design patents today covering the iPhone 5 with iOS User Interface; a Store-within-a-Store retail display; a new iPad Icon; iPad retail packaging; an iBook related icon for Drag Book Here; a calculator icon (not shown) and a Maps UI (not shown).
The Remaining Patents that were granted to Apple Today