Apple today has been granted with a design patent for iPhone 4. Apple has been busy lately in safe-guarding the design and innovation of its products by taking legal cover of patent grant policy provided by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 18 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.
… Design wins for Apple’s 2007 iPod touch and iPhone 4 in addition to covering Apple TV and a key RFID patent. The RFID patent covers technology that will be built right into future iOS devices that will enable such things as wireless transfers of data from an iPhone to a desktop with just a simple shaking motion or even allow a user to open up a keyless hotel or car door with a simple swipe. It will also likely play a role in Apple’s forthcoming iWallet feature set.
Apple filed the application for the said design patent in Q3 2010. The patent covers the "ornamental design for an electronic device with graphical user interface", with nitriding stainless steel band. USPTO credits Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs, VP Industrial Design Jonathan Ive, and other team members Bartley Andre, Freddy Anzures, Jeremy Bataillou, Imran Chaudhri, Daniel Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, Evans Hankey, Richard Howarth, Duncan Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Christopher Stringer, Eugene Whang and Rico Zorkendorfer as the creators/inventors of the awarded patent.