Apple patent application reveals unique anti-counterfeit solution for hardware

“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.


  1. >We assume Samsung is already hard at work attempting to knock-off Apple’s anti-counterfeiting solution.<

    Along with NSA. Why, just someone calling into work to report they'd be out with a "code" had them all on red alert.

  2. You never hear about a Black Market for smartphones, but I guess Apple knows that the more they push into China the higher the likelihood that this will happen. It’s an interesting approach Apple is taking.

    1. There are ALREADY ripoff iPhone 5c fakes in China. It was reported around here last week I believe.

      Hey China: There’s a reason you can’t invent much of anything and have to ripoff everything you can lay your lazy, uninspired hands on. There was a day China was one of the most inventive nations on the planet! How about becoming creative once again by booting out the parasitic communists! — Just a thought.

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