updated 09:00 pm EST, Tue November 15, 2011
Steve Jobs credited as one of the designers
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent for the striking exterior of Apple's Upper West Side store in New York City, just over a year after the patent was first filed. The patent recognizes the unique design of the store, and credits the late Steve Jobs as one of the designers. The Upper West Side store, not to be confused with the iconic glass "cube" of the Fifth Avenue store, features a large glass storefront, along with a curved glass atrium-style roof.
The storefront uses exceptionally long sheets of "hanging" glass to create a large, cavernous but open design that shows off the merchandise tables in a simple layout. The checkout counter is located in the back. The store routinely hosts special events, with an appearance by Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash and filmmaker Constance Marks to discuss and promote the new documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey happening on November 20th at 2:00 p.m.
The design patent, number US D 648,864 S, credits Karl Backus, Peter Bohlin, George Bradley, Robert Bridger, Benjamin L. Fay, Jobs and former Apple Vice President of Retail Ron Johnson as the inventors. Johnson recently left Apple to take the CEO job at retailer JC Penneys.