Tuesday, May 3, 2011

2011-05-03 Newly Issued Apple Patents

PAT. NO. Title
1 D637,201 Full-Text User interface for computer display
2 D637,193 Full-Text Electronic device
3 D637,192 Full-Text Electronic device
4 D637,157 Full-Text Electronic device
5 D637,076 Full-Text Packaging
6 7,937,666 Full-Text Form-field mask for sensitive data
7 7,937,230 Full-Text Display digital signal visualizations with increasing accuracy
8 7,936,946 Full-Text Migration for old image database
9 7,936,873 Full-Text Secure distribution of content using decryption keys
10 7,936,348 Full-Text Methods and apparatuses using control indicators for data processing systems
11 7,934,780 Full-Text Magnetic release latch mechanism for a device
12 7,934,292 Full-Text Hinge mechanism
13 7,934,291 Full-Text Multi-position magnetic detents

Of Note:

  • D637,201 lists Timothy E. Wasko and Steven P. Jobs as inventors, and appears to claim the design of early Aqua stoplight elements.  The patent has a filing date of May 6, 2010, yet the claimed design image carries a 2001 copyright notice.
  • Apple appears to be seeking design patent protection over an increasing number of internal components not even visible to the end user.  This is likely an effective way to exert control over the third-party upgrade market.  For instance, D637,193 and D637,192 appear to be the "blade" SSDs from the Macbook Air.  Perhaps these design patents partially explain the cancellation of Photofast's upgrade kits.

 

 

 

 

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