Apple granted 39 patents today covering Multi-Touch, the iPhone 5 and the new Lightning connector

“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 39 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “Our report covers three new multi-touch patents, Aperture’s 2D Slider Control, a few major design patents wins for the iPhone 5 and Lightning connector and others.”

“Apple has been granted 3 new multi-touch related patents,” Purcher reports. “The patents generally cover apparatus and methods for simultaneously tracking multiple finger and palm contacts as hands approach, touch and slide across a proximity-sensing, multi-touch surface. Identification and classification of intuitive hand configurations and motions enables unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling, 3D manipulation and handwriting into a versatile, ergonomic computer input device.”

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Purcher reports, “Apple has been granted six design patents today covering the iPhone 5, the new Lightning Connector, Cinema Display and more.”

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


  1. Samsung will copy and quickly throw out a crappy version. Then the media will trip over themselves to write articles on how Samsung continues to innovate while Apple slides into oblivion.

  2. And……these patents mean nothing in the mind of the patent law world. Nothing but fodder for delaying infringement trials, despite the idiocy of it all.

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