“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of twenty-nine newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “In this particular report we focus entirely on Apple’s first granted patent for Radial Menus.”

“The first two patent filings were discovered by Patently Apple, not in the US, but rather in filings found in Europe and Korea,” Purcher reports. “Even the granted patent published today in the US was a surprise, as it too came out of nowhere.”

Purcher reports, “In this granted patent, Apple notes that radial menus will be both for the desktop and portable devices. Radial menus will work with a mouse and/or touch commands on multi-touch displays using a finger, stylus and/or iPen. The timing of this granted patent comes on the heels of Google’s radial patent filing coming to light in this current quarter. Obviously there’s a race to get radial menus on portables and beyond – and Apple’s in-depth trio of patents now give them a definite edge.”

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