“Apple on Tuesday was awarded a flotilla of patents pertinent to its iOS devices, especially the iPhone, with the inventions covering everything from intuitive scrolling to email clients,” AppleInsider reports. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a number of Apple patents early Tuesday, at least five of which relate to iOS and more specifically the iPhone and iPad. Most are continuations of previous patents, offering tweaks and language changes that further define their respective inventions.”

“Perhaps the most interesting of Tuesday’s published patents is U.S. Patent No. 8,253,695 for an ‘Email client for a portable multifunction device.’ The invention was first filed for in 2007 and describes a graphical user interface for an email system to be used on portable devices like the iPhone,” AppleInsider reports. “According to the patent background, the ‘695 patent was meant to do away with clumsy button-controlled operation of email clients as seen on devices at the time.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Festival o’ Patents! Mind them now, Google et al.