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Apple Awarded Patent for Original iPhone

By - Source: USPTO | B 19 comments

Steve Jobs and Jony Ive named as the smartphone's inventors.

Nearly six years after its debut, Apple's original iPhone has won a patent, with Steve Jobs and Jony Ive being named as the device's two inventors.

Recently granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the patent is for the design of the handset. Specifically, it's for "the ornamental design of an electronic device."

As well as Apple's head design chief Jony Ive and the firm's late co-founder Steve Jobs, other employees credited for the invention are Bartley Andre, Daniel Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, Richard Howarth, Duncan Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Rohrbach, Douglas Satzger, Calvin Seid, Christopher Stringer, Eugene Whang and Rico Zorkendorfer.

The original iPhone was unveiled by Jobs himself during the January of 2007 at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

Apple, however, was taken to court by Cisco Systems, who argued that it owned the rights to the name "iPhone" in the United States. Ultimately, though, the two firms settled in February 2007.

 

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    bennaye , December 23, 2012 10:28 AM
    i dont' even...
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    abbadon_34 , December 23, 2012 9:53 AM
    hahaha a little late? maybe that's how china and brazil got the iphone trademark locally
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    bennaye , December 23, 2012 10:28 AM
    i dont' even...
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    army_ant7 , December 23, 2012 11:36 AM
    I was expecting any mention in the article about how this may affect the phones currently out there. Something like "Since the patent describes...(this and that)...phones like the...(insert some known phones)...may (or may not) be in (any) danger."

    Basically, more insight from Zak. :( 
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    killabanks , December 23, 2012 11:53 AM
    ornamental ?? what is this world coming to...
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    chewy1963 , December 23, 2012 12:10 PM
    It now a world that puts more value on how it 'looks' than how it 'works'. WTG Jobs, you've started a revolution in how patents are awarded!
  • 2 Hide
    viper666 , December 23, 2012 1:39 PM
    >ornamental design of an electronic device
    was this a beauty pageant?
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    halcyon , December 23, 2012 5:39 PM
    Let them have it. More cool devices like the S3, Droid DNA, and Galaxy Notes for the rest of it. The iPhone is so tired once you've seen the competition.
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    Solandri , December 23, 2012 5:42 PM
    Quote:
    Apple, however, was taken to court by Cisco Systems, who argued that it owned the rights to the name "iPhone" in the United States. Ultimately, though, the two firms settled in February 2007.

    They didn't just argue it, they did own the rights.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_iPhone

    Apple was negotiating with Cisco for the rights to the name, but were unable to reach an agreement in time of the iPhone's public announcement. Jobs just went ahead with it, and the lawyers worked out transferring the rights afterwards.
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    masterofevil22 , December 23, 2012 5:43 PM
    Screw you apple. Deep and hard....

    U guys should should try and patent your buttholes and say you were the first ones to ever come up with the idea of taking a dump.
  • 0 Hide
    WyomingKnott , December 23, 2012 7:23 PM
    I thought that product design was copyrighted, not patented?
  • 0 Hide
    WyomingKnott , December 23, 2012 7:23 PM
    masterofevil22

    Crude, butt effective.
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    manitoublack , December 23, 2012 9:04 PM
    More Crapple from Zak
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    darkavenger123 , December 23, 2012 10:01 PM
    Ornamental design...you mean rounded edges???
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    techy74 , December 23, 2012 10:36 PM
    but wasn't it just the same a the ipod touch, but it could make calls? How does the phone get an award when it was in appearance and many functions and Ipod? Maybe i have missed something.
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    halcyon , December 24, 2012 12:37 AM
    techy74but wasn't it just the same a the ipod touch, but it could make calls? How does the phone get an award when it was in appearance and many functions and Ipod? Maybe i have missed something.

    Didn't the phone come first?
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    benage , December 24, 2012 7:03 AM
    WTF does "ornamental design of an electronic device"? This is becoming complete bullshit. Patents like this from ANY company should be thrown out!
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    fuzzion , December 24, 2012 5:35 PM
    I just got an approval from the USPTO for an iDong. It looks like a dong but through the use of 2 AA cell batteries, the design of the dong is novel. Selling the blueprints for the iDong at $19.99
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    acerace , December 25, 2012 2:23 PM
    fuzzionI just got an approval from the USPTO for an iDong. It looks like a dong but through the use of 2 AA cell batteries, the design of the dong is novel. Selling the blueprints for the iDong at $19.99


    Dafuq is iDong?
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    ElMoIsEviL , December 25, 2012 4:07 PM
    Nobody likes Apple anymore. People who still buy Apple products are beginning to be frowned upon by society at large. I say good riddance. Societies innovators ought not feel as though they should be forced to create products for lazy bumbling idiots. Rather, Lazy Bumbling idiots ought to be given an incentive to get off their arses and read a book. Learn about the products you wish to use and the technologies behind them. It's not up to us "smart people" to hold your hands like Parents do for a little Child.

    My 2 cents.

    PS. Death to Windows 8 and Metro!