Apple patent app for doubleshot casing would cover Microsoft’s Zune

Apple’s United States Patent Application #20070048470, filed on August 16, 2005, “Housing of an electronic device formed by doubleshot injection molding,” was published yesterday.

The patent abstract describes a two shot injection process for forming an enclosure for an electronic device. The two shot injection process allows for a thinner walled enclosure that uses less materials and allows for added structural features that would not be possible using traditional molding techniques. The two shot injection process generally includes forming one or more walls of an enclosure with a first shot and thereafter forming the remaining walls of the enclosure with a second shot. During the second shot, the walls fuse together thereby forming an integrally molded enclosure that is one piece.

Apple’s iPod casing has long used such a technique: originally clear over white and subsequently clear over black and other colors. Taste-challenged Microsoft’s Zune currently features a fecal brown over puke green scheme, among other less stomach-turning color choices.

More via U.S. Patent and Trademark Office here.
If granted, Microsoft would probably have to retroactively license their Zune casing technique from the Cupertino-based iPod-maker, Apple stands to make tens of dollars.

[UPDATED:5:10pm EST: Corrected patent app, not yet granted.]

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RealMoney’s Comeau predicts: ‘Microsoft will kill the first Zune media player by midyear’ – December 16, 2006
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  1. Has there been any clear numbers on how many Zune’s have been sold? It would seem something would have come up by now.

    Microsoft is currently involved in a recount. They are unsure whether total US sales are 1231 or 1228. Some hanging chad on the receipts still makes that a mystery.

  2. Zune Tang hasn’t got over that Zune and Vista are incompatible…

    It always makes me laugh when the BBC says, despite the Vista delays Apple hasn’t made iTunes Vista compatible. What would be news if the said that Microsoft hasn’t made its own Zune with the crappy useless, buggy system.

  3. Apple sues Microsoft.

    Microsoft to continue crappy OfficeMac/Vista compatability with Mac’s.

    Apple relectantly settles ad promises not to enter the office space.

    Mac users groan again.

  4. Apple should just fsck M$ and bring out a full Office Suit.

    So what if it pisses off the Mac BU at Redmond!

    Apple has been held to ransom too long by M$.

    Times are changing, the days of M$ dominating everything in the IT business are well and truely over.

    M$ is too big and clumsy to compete againt Apple or any other smaller efficient business.

    Life without M$ would be a benefit to society and progression of the Human race in general.

  5. Zune sitting at 20 & 32 in the bestsellers list on Amazon. We can only guess what the volume numbers are between 1st & 20th – several orders of magnitude I’d bet. ( I don’t need to identify which colour is at no. 32)

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