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Apple receives new patents for adjustable display, iPod dock

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Apple awarded with patents for an updated snake-like adjustable display device and the iPod music player docking station.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office this week issued Apple Computer a second patent for a "display device with a moveable assembly," which was filed on October 3rd, 2003.



The snake-like display arm featured in the most recent patent filing is strikingly similar to an Apple display arm design that was awarded a patent back in April of 2004. The only visible differences between the two is that the latest design appears to feature a slightly thinner tube and is attached to an iMac sporting a pyramid base.



At least two patents that were filed by Apple last year feature sketches of an iMac flat-screen computer with a pyramid base, suggesting that the company may have considered this approach for its third generation iMac before rejecting it in favor of the just-released, behind-the-monitor design.

Apple was also awarded a patent for its 3rd generation iPod docking station. The company filed for this patent on April 25, 2003.
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You know, somehow I don't see the next iMac being a pyramid with a snake arm

Another "just in case" patent.
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You know, somehow I don't see the next iMac being a pyramid with a snake arm

Another "just in case" patent.

This snake arm iMac patent was reported on months ago.
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This snake arm iMac patent was reported on months ago.

It's not the same patent, however. Obviously nothing groundbreaking here. I just figured folks would be interested to see the design process Apple went through when searching for ideas for the iMac G5.

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Not sure I understand the patent for the dock... What is it for? "Ingenious line out port that is connected to the docking port of the iPod?"
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post #6 of 11
Since what was important in the patent was the snake arm, I doubt the pyramid shape was nothing more than a means to keep secret a future iMac basic shape.
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I doubt the pyramid shape was nothing more than a means to keep secret a future iMac basic shape.

The whole point of a patent is to obtain the right to prevent someone else from doing what you are doing. There is no need to keep the shape secret. In fact, a design patent exists solely to protect the shape or the device.

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The whole point of a patent is to obtain the right to prevent someone else from doing what you are doing. There is no need to keep the shape secret. In fact, a design patent exists solely to protect the shape or the device.

Chris

Except that the patent is for the arm, not the base.
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Originally posted by Kasper
It's not the same patent, however.

http://www.macobserver.com/columns/d...20030407.shtml

Sorry, you're late to the party.
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http://www.macobserver.com/columns/d...20030407.shtml

Sorry, you're late to the party.

For the second time: It's not the same patent discussed there. The one above was filed in 2001 (D487,893) and the one we are talking about was filed late last year (D495,332). I tried to explain this in the article... I guess my attempt failed.

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post #11 of 11
Guess I read it too fast. Such an ugly design. Things could be worse.
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