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Apple on Tuesday secured ownership of a number of key design-related patents covering the iPhone 4, credited in part to Steve Jobs, as well as the L-shaped MagSafe charging connector, and the iPad with Smart Cover.

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Jobs, the late Apple co-founder, is among those credited in U.S. Patent D671937, entitled simply "Electronic Device." It covers the design of the iPhone 4, including the original antenna design that was eventually improved upon and replaced with the iPhone 4S.

Also credited for the appearance of the iPhone 4 is famed Apple designer Jony Ive, who was also among those credited in a handful of other noteworthy patents awarded to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week. They include U.S. Patent D671930, entitled "Cover," which details the design of the iPhone 4 "Bumper" accessory made by Apple.

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Another important invention credited to Ive is U.S. Patent D671947, entitled "Housing for an Electronic Device," which shows the design of the iPad 2. Apple has kept this same basic design with minor tweaks since 2011.

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That's joined by another patent named "Cover," this one identified as U.S. Patent D671948. For that invention, Ive and others are credited with designing the magnetic Smart Cover that debuted with the iPad 2, and continues to be sold.

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Finally, Ive is also credited among other names for inventing the L-shaped MagSafe connector found on previous-generation MacBooks in U.S. Patent D671898, named "Connector." That design has since been improved upon with the new MagSafe 2 connection found on Apple's latest notebooks.
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cue the 'Apple patents a rectangle' crowd

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Finally, Ive is also credited among other names for inventing the L-shaped MagSafe connector found on previous-generation MacBooks in U.S. Patent D671898, named "Connector." That design has since been improved upon with the new MagSafe 2 connection found on Apple's latest notebooks.

I don't see MagSafe2 improving on the L-shaped connector. Cannot understand why they have gone back to the old T design.
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Oh boy HERE we go. These are big.


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I don't see MagSafe2 improving on the L-shaped connector. Cannot understand why they have gone back to the old T design.

 

Because the L sucked? I've never liked it, at least. lol.gif

 

Wasn't it more prone to damage?

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cue the 'Apple patents a rectangle' crowd

 

 

They'd be better off joining the "Apple is smart as f*** to attempt to patent anything and everything they can get their hands on."

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Apple didn’t invent magnetic covers! Microsoft did! j/k :p

 

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I don't see MagSafe2 improving on the L-shaped connector. Cannot understand why they have gone back to the old T design.

 

I’d kill to have the T-design! MagSafe is supposed to stop your laptop being yanked off the desk... and the L-shape acts like a hook, which very often fails in that task. It’s 50/50. The leverage on the T-shape is different and better.

 

 


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They'd be better off joining the "Apple is smart as f*** to attempt to patent anything and everything they can get their hands on."

 

 

Or better yet: “EVERY tech company patents everything they can think of, so how could Apple NOT play the game?” Apple didn’t invent the patent game, and they DO have to play it or go home.

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I don't see MagSafe2 improving on the L-shaped connector. Cannot understand why they have gone back to the old T design.

 

In my experience, the L-shaped connector held on too strongly. It kept things neat, but at certain angles it will not detach from the computer, but will drag it - defeating the main feature of the MagSafe. 

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Meanwhile, somewhere in Shenzhen, China, an iPhone counterfeiting company collectively soiled their trousers.

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Originally Posted by SockRolid View Post
Meanwhile, somewhere in Shenzhen, China, an iPhone counterfeiting company collectively soiled their trousers.


US patent; I don't see why.

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So one of Apple's patents was approved. Why is this news? This isn't the first design patent Apple has been awarded for the iPhone or Smart Cover.
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They'd be better off joining the "Apple is smart as f*** to attempt to patent anything and everything they can get their hands on."

 

Yeah, because that's the most important thing for us as a society — that anything and everything be patented by a corporation ...

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Originally Posted by Beezlegrunk View Post
Yeah, because that's the most important thing for us as a society — that anything and everything be patented by a corporation ...

 

If you create something, you get to protect it. I fail to see how you can draw what you've said from what he said.

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Meanwhile, somewhere in Shenzhen, China, an iPhone counterfeiting company collectively soiled their trousers.

 

You are talking about a group that has made a business out of not giving a flying unicorn spunk about IP rights. You really think that is going to change now that some one legally validated those rights. Not likely. 

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Per Apple, as usual note that the detail shown by dotted lines has no part in the claims. There's no speakers, microphones, power buttons, etc. called out. It's not the iPhone 4 or 4S design that's specified, contrary to the AI article claims. It's simply as generic a design patent as Apple could pass muster with. It could conceivably apply to a device that did not resemble an iPhone at all in terms of size, usage, features or capabilities.

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cue the 'Apple patents a rectangle' crowd

Apple already patented the rounded rectangle for an electronic display, at minimal with regard to a general screen proportion. 

http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/7/3614506/apple-patents-rectangle-with-rounded-corners

 

...now whether they could ever successfully assert it in a courtroom is debatable.


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I can't see the magsafe 2 as being any kind of improvement over the first one. In my experience the magsafe 2 is too easy to dislodge. It's shape basically creates a much larger lever that means it drops out at the slightest nudge. This is especially bad when using the laptop on your lap...

In order to prevent this I use an old style magsafe power supply with a magsafe 2 adaptor that turns it back in to an L-shape again and the problem is greatly reduced although not 100% eliminated.
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Yeah, because that's the most important thing for us as a society — that anything and everything be patented by a corporation ...

 

 

It has nothing to do with society and everything to do with Intellectual Property, unless you think that society's main concern is Intellectual Property. 

 

This is a tech site - one that is specifically about Apple. Remember? We're not talking about society's ills here. 

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I wonder if the magnetic iPad cover patent will have any effect on the surface magnetic cover.
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I wonder if the magnetic iPad cover patent will have any effect on the surface magnetic cover.

 

Microsoft and Apple have cross-licensing agreements in place. The magnetic cover may be a part of those agreements.

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Originally Posted by djmikeo View Post
I wonder if the magnetic iPad cover patent will have any effect on the surface magnetic cover.

 

If anything is legally the same, Microsoft will have licensed it, just as they did all the other Apple patents they used. 

 

They've learned. And good for them.

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Apple got these patents well maybe IPhone 5, IPad mini Smart Cover will be patented next.
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I'll ask again, why is this newsworthy? Check this out from November of 2010: http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/11/apple-wins-big-time-with-iphone-4-and-ipad-design-patents.html
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Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post
I'll ask again, why is this newsworthy? Check this out from November of 2010: http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/11/apple-wins-big-time-with-iphone-4-and-ipad-design-patents.html

 

As the title says, that's the iPhone 4 and iPad.

 

This is the iPad 2/3/4 design and… iPhone 4S. I guess. Look, the second one's a tossup, but the first one's valid. lol.gif

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Meanwhile, somewhere in Shenzhen, China, an iPhone counterfeiting company collectively soiled their trousers.

Why?

Does't even matter where the patent is, it will be copied.

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Once again, Appleinsider uses the term "wins" when describing the granting of a patent. Patents are not won (as in a contest). They are applied for and granted.

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As the title says, that's the iPhone 4 and iPad.

This is the iPad 2/3/4 design and… iPhone 4S. I guess. Look, the second one's a tossup, but the first one's valid. lol.gif
True, but it still proves my point that this is not the first nor the last design patent Apple will be granted so I don't see how it's news. Especially when Apple isn't even in the top 20 in terms of companies that are granted patents. Samsung applies for and receives far more patents than Apple, and IBM tops them all.
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Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post
True, but it still proves my point that this is not the first nor the last design patent Apple will be granted so I don't see how it's news.

 

It's an Apple website.

 

Not as much news as if it were actively involved in a suit or something, but news.

 

I think this is definitely news. I don't think this should this should be granted.

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It's an Apple website.

 

Not as much news as if it were actively involved in a suit or something, but news.

 

I think this is definitely news. I don't think this should this should be granted.

 

Perhaps they will be buying out the IP from Nissan for their LEAF Car... :D

 

http://www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car/index

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Yeah, because that's the most important thing for us as a society — that anything and everything be patented by a corporation ...

 

Blame the rich!  They need to pay their fair share and grant all of us patents!!  

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Originally Posted by iSteelers View Post
Blame the rich!  They need to pay their fair share and grant all of us patents!!  

 

Huh, I never thought of that. In a communist society, where everyone owns everything, assuming it was established from a democratic society, would corporate patents be distributed to individuals? That'd be neat. Member of the politburo shows up at your door with the paperwork for, like, two telephony systems, a dishwasher design, and the registered trademark of a company that was shut down for being too decadent… 

 

And you're all, "So what do I get to do with these?" and then you clam up when he gives you The Eye and says, "What the State tells you."

 

Yep. Neat.

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To you, Spam, and Tallest,

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I wonder if the magnetic iPad cover patent will have any effect on the surface magnetic cover.

 

Not so much. Apple's is a *design* patent not a *utility* patent. Microsoft has a very different design, so they would not need to license Apple's.

Design patents are used more like logos, trademarks and the like. Companies are unlikely to cross license design patents. It would be like cross licensing logos or product names. It would be unlikely to make sense for either party.

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Yup. I'm just waiting for Apple to patent a vertical line with a dot on the top.
 


Reminds me on "What Apple tells you".

 

They're trying to patent the simple leaf drawing over the Apple as a standalone image now, separate from the Apple logo. Give 'em time.

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