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It seems like Apple gets a new patent every few days.Just on Tuesday, it won patents for a 3D remote mechanism and for a technology that allows it to detect unauthorised use of your phone, according to Apple Insider.
Some patents are useful, unique, and truly innovative.
But there are other patents Apple seems to have filed out of habit.
We have compiled a list of what we think are the most far-fetched, ridiculous patents Apple has filed in its short history. Of course, we couldn’t ignore its rounded edges and rounded square icons patents.
(NOTE: You will need a TIFF plug-in to view the patent drawings on the U.S. Patent Office’s website.)
Patent No.: D478,999 S
Patent Date: August 26, 2003
Apple has claimed a design patent for its glass staircase, which appears at a number of its stores from New York to Paris. This one struck as odd because it doesn't relate to any of Apple's innovative products -- just its shiny retail locations.
Patent No.: D596,485 S
Patent Date: July 21, 2009
Apple also patents the designs of its packaging -- in this case, the original iPhone's box is seen in its different divisions. Patenting the actual products isn't enough for Apple apparently.
Patent No.: D593,087 S
Patent Date: May 26, 2009
The rounded corners design for the device itself is another patent Apple used to defeat Samsung in their massive intellectual property battle in August. Apple claims it has the exclusive right to use these rounded corners and home buttons.
Patent No.: 8,280,093
Patent Date: Oct. 2, 2012
Apple patented the removable rubber tip that mounts on its earphones. The tip is made from silicone, polyurethane, or thermoplastic, and doesn't seem particularly groundbreaking to us.
Patent No.: D577,990 S
Patent Date: Oct. 7, 2008
This patent is for the little clasp that keeps your headphone wires somewhat untangled. This looks like a pretty simple design, but apparently Apple wanted to make sure nobody else used it.
Patent No.: 7,874,021
Patent Date: January 25, 2011
Apple has patented this strange glove, which Patently has dubbed as the 'magic' glove system. The glove is supposed to allow you to use your cell phone in cold weather. As the patent explains it, the glove has two layers -- a liner and a shell -- and the shell can be 'peeled' back to expose the liner and operate the phone.
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