“Beyond having to deal with copycat manufacturers like Samsung, Apple has to now deal with black market product counterfeiters selling fake iDevices (and Apple products in general). Apple’s patent generally relates to coding techniques and, more specifically, to techniques implementing three-dimensional coding onto Apple devices for verifying original products,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “On December 26, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple revealing a new and unique anti-counterfeiting solution for future hardware such as an iPhone, iPad or even MacBook Pro.”
“The proposed invention will utilize a 3D variable depth coding system on various parts of products that could either be visible or invisible to the naked eye,” Purcher reports. “Whether Apple has gone to the trouble of inventing such a sophisticated anti-counterfeiting system to combat current or future Black Market activity is unknown at this time.”
Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: We assume Samsung is already hard at work attempting to knock-off Apple’s anti-counterfeiting solution.