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Apple wins rights to 16 patents covering range of concepts

updated 04:50 pm EDT, Wed April 7, 2010

Key concepts involve Cover Flow, multi-touch UIs

Apple has won the rights to an unusually large collection of patents, 16 in total, submitted through the US Patent and Trademark Office. While some are less significant than others, several cover key aspects of Apple technology. In the latter category are two documenting the multi-touch interfaces of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. One patent addresses a virtual keyboard concept, while the second describes a means of error correction for a multi-touch surface.

Another patent depicts Cover Flow, the album browsing interface Apple acquired several years ago, which can now be found in iTunes and on every Apple handheld except for the iPad and iPod shuffle. The company has also laid claim to the design of the MacBook Air SuperDrive add-on, and elements of iDVD, the disc authoring tool installed on every Mac. An iChat patent depicts handling of video conferencing, in particular the app's underlying architecture.

Apple is embroiled in multiple legal battles related to patents and its handheld devices. The most prominent of these may be a case against HTC, which could see the Taiwanese phone maker's devices blocked from entry into the US. Apple's real target however is believed to be Google and its Android operating system, which is used on several HTC-built challengers to the iPhone including the Hero and Nexus One.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Other words

    If you made a knockoff, be prepared to be r*ped.

    Replace the star with *A*pple. =p

  1. RoosterJuice

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I hate every company on earth except apple!

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Software Patents


    Stifling competition to protect the big companies.

    What would happen if there were no Software Patents? Would the consumer benefit? Would the advancement of technology and innovation benefit? What if Henry Ford patented everything there is to patent in car manufacturing - every nut, bolt, washer, manufacturing process, assembly process?
    We would all be driving Fords. Ugh.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    software patents

    big companies? if there were no patents microsoft would steal every good idea, tie it into windows and crush innovation completely as no one would bother. they would spend their billions of "big company" dollars to make sure of it.

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