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

“In today’s patent report we focus on Apple’s original hybrid antenna, their reinvention of photo management for smartphones and their first patent win for location tracking,” Purcher reports. “In May 2010, location tracking became the focus of a senate hearing where both Apple and Google executives faced a grilling from Senator Minnesota Democratic Rep. Al Franken. Apple’s Bud Tribble confirmed that Apple doesn’t share personally identifiable information with third parties.”

Purcher reports, Even though that was reassuring, the issue isn’t going away any time soon. Just last week the Supreme Court basically stated that law enforcement must obtain a search warrant if they’re to use GPS and location tracking technologies on suspects. Something tells me that this won’t be the last time that the issue of location tracking abuse is brought into question.”

Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent application diagrams and illustrations, here.