Apple gets design patents for the Apple iPhone 4 and the Apple iPad 2 among other things

Apple gets design patents for the Apple iPhone 4 and the Apple iPad 2 among other things
Even posthumously, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs continues to get credit for some of Apple's designs. The Cupertino based tech titan has just received design patents for the Apple iPhone 4, and its external antenna structure, Apple iPad 2, Apple iPhone 4/4S bumpers, the Smart Cover and the MagSafe for MacBooks. All of the patents are credited to a number of designers and all include Steve Jobs and Apple's top design dude, Jonathan Ives. Actually, Ives complete title is senior vice president of Industrial Design.

While the Apple iPhone 4 brought a totally new look to the iconic smartphone, the idea of wrapping the antenna around the outside of the device produced a stunning look for the phone, but actually hurt the functionality of the device. Holding the phone in the left hand created what was to become known as the "left-handed death grip" which caused attenuation of the antenna and a loss of signal strength. The term "Antennagate"was coined. Although Apple denied that the problem existed, Apple eventually sent out free rubber bumpers to owners of the phone to prevent the user's body from interfering with the antenna.

The patents can only bolster Apple's intellectual property portfolio, which it has been swinging around lately. On Thursday, Judge Lucy Koh will hear post-trial motions from both Apple and Samsung related to the first heavyweight battle between the two, while the two companies prepare for another trial to take place in 2014.

source: FreePatentsOnline via BGR

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19 Comments

1. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Patents, patents everywhere.

7. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

i hope it will end soon.

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The word Apple and Patent are becoming a synonym for the other.

2. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

No one wants to copy an outdated design anyway.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apparently Samsung did at one point.

12. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

B1tch please....it was only a cheap shot. it only shows how low Apple will stoop to remain relevant in the fast-moving tech world.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Someone's cranky.

14. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yeah, Samsung stole the rectangle and the color black from Apple...How dare they?

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The problem is apple patent is too generic and can be use to cover many areas that apple may not originally have thought off. Their goal is to limit their competitions from innovating.

19. bipinm

Posts: 124; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

too bad the people who approve these patents cant see it...

3. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

Damn it I should have become a lawyer for such cases! I would be banking bigtime!!! Lawyers and firms are the winners here folks. The consumer takes the biggest hit.

4. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

WOw!!! this must be included in the Phonearena awards.

8. cr8tive007

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Big fruity needs to go on a hunting trip with d**k Cheney. They are going to sue anyone and everyone eventually. Corporate greed will be their downfall. (and making poor equipment)

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

He got a patent for the i4 antenna design? The one that was the reason apple ended up giving their customers the bumpers so their hands wouldn't short it out? If I were Jobs I'd be as happy as the guy who got the patent for the square wheel.

10. nwright94 unregistered

Hopefully that doesn't mean the glass front and back. If so, the nexus 4 may be on their list. I hope not, it's a far superior phone to the iPhone 4/4s

11. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

WTF !!! Patent "Apple iPhone 4/4S bumpers", looks like they are going after the bumper/protective case market next. There goes 1,000,000 + eBay ads for 99c cases, soon you there will be only one $99 model from Apple

13. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

So with USPTO David Kappos said patents is working as intended. Sure my ass and right thing to do for him to resign.

16. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Love the word "antennagate" and how it evolved to: "purplegate" "scratchgate" and many more to come.

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

FCK THE USPTO the hell with Apple with its RECTANGULAR SHAPES. damn patents.

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