“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 14 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“In our final granted patent report… we take a look at a secret patent that Apple acquired from France four years prior to the iPhone coming to market,” Purcher reports. “The patent basically relates to a system for testing a mobile telephony network.”

Purcher reports, “By acquiring the patent in France, it never entered the US patent system for the press to get wind of Apple’s secret iPhone project intentions – until now.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward Weber” for the heads up.]