Apple granted 10 patents for design

Apple granted 10 patents for design
The USPTO awarded 10 design patents to Apple on Tuesday. The patents include one for the white Apple iPhone 4. Originally filed in the 3rd quarter of 2010, the Cupertino based firm was awarded patent D644,218. The white Apple iPhone 4 was delayed from launch due to problems with the leakage of light, showing that even Apple can mess up with a design every now and then. The pale variant of Apple's touchscreen handset was finally launched this past April, as we reported.

Patent D644,238 was originally filled in November 2009 and relates to the various layers of the virtual QWERTY on the phone. Other design patents awarded to the company revolve around the Apple iPhone's UI and 5 icons for Camera, Podcasts, Photos, Artists and Featured. Each of the icons are pictured with the corresponding patent number underneath it.

While always important, patents have become a very valuable corporate asset these days in light of the many lawsuits going back and forth in the cellular industry relating to alleged patent infringement. And of course, getting its hand on Motorola's patent portfolio was the reason behind Google's proposed purchase of Motorola Mobility. We recently told you that with 1,000 patents to its name, Apple trails other big companies in the industry like Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and LG.

source: PatentlyApple via MobileSyrup

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iPhone 4
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  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)



1. rocko0011

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

So.....who cares

12. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

ya mom does, lol. jk

19. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

haha when apple sues google samsung htc and whoever else they feel like over the virtual qwerty keyboard that they just got a patent for people will care... yup i see apple taking full advantage of this..

2. AppleHater unregistered

Apple must be feeling it tonight after the gs2 lauch

20. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

haha wait oh thats right isn't it banned in europe? apple is probably laughing..

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

not yet and they will roll out a workaround to avoid the only patent they violated

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol fanboys suck ass!!!! Always made at something... Smh

4. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Really... A patent for QWERTY keyboard???

7. todor unregistered

For the design man ... not for the keyboard itself ...

23. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

for the "design"....? oh you mean its not going to consist of square letters, in the same order of any keyboard out there... yes good job apple. patenting something that wasnt orig developed by apple, just because you made a picture of it on a phones screen. QWERTY keyboard isnt a new design, therefore no patent should be possible. P.S. I just patented an offwhite eggshell virtual keyboard, who can i sue?!?

5. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Good for Apple. This will lead copycats away :)

6. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Good for Apple. Bad for society. But I guess you have already chosen your side.

14. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Yes we have. I'm on board with Apple.

8. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Can't apple just go away ? Let's make them !!!

18. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Never Bro! mwaahhahahaa

9. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

lets just hope apple will still do good after jobs or else they will suffer like other tech companies after their star CEO left and see their patents for auction.

11. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

man I know jobs, as he is still alive, he's behing everything in the apple world.. they just got a new face for the public.. but he's behind it all...

15. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Yes he is an we love it.

10. FNugget unregistered

Design Patents are very much unlike Utility Patents

16. jimbo998 unregistered

Yeah but once hes dead and hes heading that way then what?

17. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

So I guess this means no white phone releases for any other phone makers. Not that I'm a white phone fan, never had one, but I'm a fan of choice.

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

They have to protect themselves from copycats such as Samsung

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