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Apple awarded several new patents – Smart Covers, iTunes, and more

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Apple awarded several new patents – Smart Covers, iTunes, and more
Apple was awarded 25 patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office today. While a handful of them were utility patents for connectors, security, networking, and other things, there were a few very interesting ones that made it through.

First off, Apple has been granted a patent for a content rental system for the iTunes Store. The patent was originally filed back in January of 2008. 

Apple was also granted two design patents. The first of which is for an Apple Store Display Structure. Judging from the figure submitted, it looks just like the displays we showed you that were put up inside the store-within-a-store located inside a Walmart in Arkansas.

The second design patent is for the iPad Smart Cover. You’ve undoubtedly seen these around, if you don’t already own one yourself. They are the magnetic covers that can also be folded to function as a keyboard stand or a FaceTime and movie stand. Apple was also awarded a patent for an iMac Smart Cover. Finally, Apple won a Canadian retail packing design patent for its Smart Cover's packaging.

To take a gander at the other various patents that Apple was granted, head on over to Patently Apple in the source link.

Apple awarded several new patents – Smart Covers, iTunes, and more
Apple awarded several new patents – Smart Covers, iTunes, and more
Apple awarded several new patents – Smart Covers, iTunes, and more


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posted on 25 Apr 2012, 21:53

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


FIRST!!! :D

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 22:00 5

2. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


hm i certainly like the idea of a smartcover for imac... it is completely unnecessary but kind of cool

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 22:23 8

3. sprockkets (Posts: 1177; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


So there was a "smart" cover already available before apple sold theirs. I doubt the stupid patent office knew that and granted it anyhow.

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 01:36

7. hutty24 (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


You Sound like the kid from family guy

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 06:53 2

9. bbblader (Posts: 580; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


you READ his comment and know how he SOUNDS
yeah are you Chuck Norris' kid?

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 23:42 4

4. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


the biggest patent troll Apple again in an action....not able to innovate:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NMiY1kSTHZw

so he has to sue everyone

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 00:48 5

5. xfire99 (Posts: 512; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


How the f*** can a patent like "Apple Store Display Structure" being granted. All stores looks the same. Using bribes and bought the patent with peoples hard earned money.

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 01:11 1

6. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


It's been a great week for Apple. Hopefully some court victories to follow soon to punish the copycats

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 08:27 5

10. theBankRobber (Posts: 647; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


You are so far up your own ass with this copy cat stuff

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 08:53 4

12. Sniggly (Posts: 7033; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh! You mean like the court victory that Motorola got with the ITC which may lead to the copycat Apple being banned from U. S. sales?

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 08:57 2

13. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


honestly I don't hate anybody for their phone preferance, but dude you need to stop this. You post the same things on every post and get shot down on every post. Just give it up.

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 08:58 2

14. jeff327 (Posts: 27; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


LOL. You are very funny. But what is even funnier is you 100% believe your own bulls**t.

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 17:38

16. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Here is a court victory for you, Taco...

"Apple iPhone Violates Motorola Wi-Fi Patent"

Tuesday, 10:52 AM by Eric M. Zeman

from yesterday's Phonescoop... What were you saying about copycats??? lol!!!

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 01:54 3

8. andro. (Posts: 1954; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Expect apple to try sue even the likes of doro next with its new army of mostly ridiculous patents. The doro phones are black in colour and the design stinks of copying apple especially as there is no bluetooth so you cannot bluetooth files between fellow doro handsets like iphones,how dare they insult the great apple in this way!

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 08:29

11. KOUROS (banned) (Posts: 36; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


It dosn't belong to them.

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 09:04

15. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


the patent for the store display makes sense...

sooner or later the competitors devices are going to be more visually appealing than the iphone/ipad so it would behoove them to make sure others dont rip off their layouts to sell their products...

its a marketing/advertisement patent... i understand that.

why do yall hate people for protecting their products or gaining control over ideas because the originator was too stupid to protect their own inventions?

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