“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 12 newly granted patents plus 4 unique design patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“In our first granted patent report of the day we’ll show you Apple’s four winning hardware designs in addition to giving you a peek at one of Apple’s forthcoming iPhone e-wallet icons,” Purcher reports. “All of the design patent credits today include CEO Steve Jobs and VP Industrial Design Jonathan Ive.”

Purcher reports, “Apple has won a number of key design patents today, starting with their cool MacBook Pro [unibody design]… [and] for their iPhone 3G, iPod touch 2G and wireless keyboard.”

Read more, including Apple patent application illustrations along with their e-Wallet icon, in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]