The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple with a patent for theÂ iconic design of its Fifth Avenue glass cube retail store in New York, eight years since the award-winning store first opened its doors.Â Apple originally filed for the patent in October 2012, crediting late co-founder Steve Jobs and a half dozen others as inventors.Â
Earlier this afternoon, we reported that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with a large portfolio of 48 patents covering a broad range of inventions. Following the curved touch panel patent, we now look at a major patent for an electronic device with a multimode fingerprint reader.Â
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple with 48 patents covering a broad range of inventions, including a curved touch panel that would likely be used for a wearable device like the oft-rumored iWatch or a similar fitness band.
With the release of the iPad Air 2 (and next-generation iPad mini with Retina display), one of the most common rumors is the inclusion of Touch ID. Now, a new patent could outline Apple’s broader plan for their secure feature.
In 2011, VirnetX sued Apple with allegations that FaceTime violated the former company’s communications patents. Ultimately, in 2012, the judge ruled that Apple would pay $368.2 million for infringing on the specific patents. Apple is now preparing to defend itself yet again against the same company, and the Cupertino-based company has just received a series of setbacks even before the trial begins.