“Apple this week was awarded a patent for a shock-absorbing rubber coating that helps protect fragile components like the glass display of the iPhone,” AppleInsider reports.

“U.S. Patent No. 8,248,777, entitled ‘Viscoelastic Material for Shock Protection in an Electronic Device,’ was officially awarded to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday,” AppleInsider reports. “The filing, discovered by AppleInsider, describes a ‘boundary element’ that can deform in response to impacts to a device.”

AppleInsider reports, “The invention, credited to Christopher Prest, was first filed with the USPTO in September of 2008. It describes placing elastic materials around components to absorb at least part of an impact if the object is dropped or hit in some way.”

More info, and Apple’s patent application illustration, in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]