iPhone design patent approved
Apple’s most recent mobile handset the Apple iPhone 4 has been successfully patented by the Cupertino company with a design patent for the flagship handset approved a year after it was filed.
Following on from the news earlier this week that Apple is to sue Samsung over patent infringements relating to the iPhone, iPad and similarities in Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphones and Galaxy Tab tablets, the granted iPhone 4 design patent marks a massive move for the fruity tech giant in protecting its market leading handset.
With the new patent covering the iPhone 4’s “ornamental design for an electronic device with graphical user interface,” much of the patent’s focus is placed firmly on the handset’s well documented and issue hit antenna-holding nitriding stainless steel band.
Whilst it is believed that Apple’s former executive in charge of the iPhone Mark Papermaster was forced out of the company following the global headline grabbing antennagate issues that struck the arrival of the iPhone 4, Apple’s talismanic front man and CEO Steve Jobs as well as chief designer Jonathan Ive are both amongst the names accredited to the patented iPhone 4 design.