Apple wins major virtual keyboard and Apple Retail Store design patents

“Apple was first granted a design patent for their Upper West Side Apple Store in New York back in November 2011,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “Six months later and the US Patent and Trademark Office have granted Apple their second design patent for this same design. Steve Jobs has once again been posthumously credited as one of the designers.”

“In addition to this, it should be noted that Apple has been awarded twenty-one granted patents today. Beyond the thirteen utility patents that we list covering such things as security, podcast management and the MacBook’s Hard Drive, this report covers a major virtual keyboard victory, ” Purcher reports. “[This multi-tiered keyboard patent] just might be one [with which] Apple could challenge their many copycatters.”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.


  1. Crazy that Apple has to patent its store ideas just to keep Microsoft from stealing even those ideas!?!

    I say this as if Microsoft even matters… ha!

  2. First off, I hope that they do sue every copy cat OEM on the multitier keyboard. Secondly, the photo with Steve Jobs introducing the iPod with color video was certainly a happier time. And all the while he was pushing the iPod, he knew the iPhone and iPad were on the way.

    I remember the keynote in the patently apple photo and it now seems like it took place a million years ago. How time flies.

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