“The notables within this group include two patents relating to the iTunes Store’s advance purchasing system, another for a cooling apparatus used in the Mac Pro and another for an iPod armband,” Purcher reports. “Yet beyond those are the more important patents that relate to Apple’s iPad Dock design and a vital Multi-Touch patent that could assist Apple in future legal battles.”
Purcher reports, “Apple has been granted a crucial Multi-Touch patent relating to Master and Slave controllers used primarily in Apple’s iOS based devices… The importance of this multi-touch patent is that it could relate to other devices beyond those which Apple sells. Apple could therefore be thinking of licensing their technology to other kinds of OEMs. Apple’s patent states that ‘the computer system could also be a public computer system such as an information kiosk, automated teller machine (ATM), point of sale machine (POS), industrial machine, gaming machine, arcade machine, vending machine, airline e-ticket terminal, restaurant reservation terminal, customer service station, library terminal, learning device, etc.’ Technically speaking, Apple’s patent covers a computer system having two or more controllers operating in a Master/Slave configuration.”
Full article, including Apple patent application illustrations, here.
[Attribution: TUAW. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]