Apple has been granted 5 design patents and 27 Utility patents covering technology playing cupid and a smart calender

Utility Patents

Apple has been granted 27 Utility patents. The two most interesting ones are mentioned below.

1. US 9,058,595 –  iCalendar: A calendar that is as smart as you! 


Ever been embarrassed about accepting an invitation but not able to attend the event?

Well, you are not to be blamed. It’s really your calendar’s fault!

When it comes to deciding whether or not to accept an invitation in the first place, existing calendars are not helpful at all. In most cases, you end up accepting the invitation mainly on your interest without realizing that you may already have another commitment at that time.

But this smart Calander from Apple won’t let that happen.

When you have a new invitation, the smart calendar shows you the exact context within which the event takes place. It does it by displaying the invitation over laid onto your existing schedule during that time period. This allows you to see what other events you have already committed yourself to in and around that time. With this contextual view, you can make a more informed decision of whether or not to accept the invitation and save yourself from being red faced again.

2. US 9,059,957: iCupid – Connecting not just people but hearts too.

Check our full post on this patent. 



Among the utility patents, there are patents relating to:

  • Seamlessly moving from one application to another among concurrently running applications on a mobile device
  • Tracking viral content
  • Better manufacturing techniques for mobile devices
  • An improved touch sensitive mouse
  • More user friendly user-interfaces


Design Patents

1. Among the design patents, is this cool headphones which confirms the much talked about iBeats Headphones concept.


2. And after having epitomizing style in gadgets, Apple may soon replicate its design philosophy to pretty much everything around us. An example is this design patent on a very Apple-ish building structure. This structure is the design of the Shanghai Apple Store.

Shanghai Apple Store

3. And if this design patent is anything to go by, you may soon see a slimmer and curvier version of ipod.

Apple iPOD

The other two design patents relate to connector and a earphones.


Full list of patents issued this week.

PAT. NO.Title
19,060,418Full-TextSystems and methods for improved window mounting on an electronic device
29,060,111Full-TextElectronic device with compact camera module
39,059,957Full-TextComplex handling of conditional messages
49,059,950Full-TextDelivering and tracking viral invitational content
59,059,840Full-TextRecipient blind cryptographic access control for publicly hosted message and data streams
69,059,531Full-TextConnectors and methods for manufacturing connectors
79,059,514Full-TextStructures for shielding and mounting components in electronic devices
89,059,427Full-TextDevice and method for top emitting AMOLED
99,058,941Full-TextFloating switch assemblies and methods for making the same
109,058,801Full-TextRobust process for managing filter coefficients in adaptive noise canceling systems
119,058,676Full-TextMechanism to detect idle screen on
129,058,667Full-TextDetail preserving image transfer operations
139,058,655Full-TextRegion of interest based image registration
149,058,595Full-TextMethods and systems for managing an electronic calendar
159,058,346Full-TextOrdered index
169,058,337Full-TextPreviewing user interfaces and other aspects
179,058,288Full-TextRedundant storage in non-volatile memory by storing redundancy information in volatile memory
189,058,224Full-TextSerialization of asynchronous command streams
199,058,186Full-TextDevice, method, and graphical user interface for managing concurrently open software applications
209,058,131Full-TextSpecification files for call translation and trace
219,058,124Full-TextDirectory tree search
229,058,066Full-TextSuppressing errant motion using integrated mouse and touch information
239,057,894Full-TextMethod and apparatus for adaptive display calibration
249,057,808Full-TextTextured light guide to reduce friction with film
259,057,620Full-TextNavigation system acquisition and use of cellular coverage map data
269,057,120Full-TextThermoplastic forming methods for amorphous alloy
279,056,353Full-TextManipulating surface topology of BMG feedstock
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