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08-21-2012, 01:19 PM #1
Apple Wins Patent for So-Called iPhone Display Shock Absorber
Add another one to the mounting pile of patents secured by Apple in recent months as the tech giant reportedly readies a number of new and refreshed products to make their market debut in the coming weeks.
This week, Apple officially obtained the patent for what's being described as shock-absorbing rubber coating designed to better protect the iPhone and its sensitive internal and external components.
According to Apple's description of the design in question:
This invention is directed to reducing the effect of shocks on electronic device components. The electronic device component may be surrounded by a boundary element operative to deform in response to impacts. By deforming, the boundary element may be operative to absorb energy received by the shock or impact without passing the energy on to the electronic device component.
Sources: USPTO, Apple Insider
08-21-2012, 01:27 PM #2
That's sounds pretty cool. Maybe this will erase the need for cases. I surely hope so.
08-21-2012, 02:20 PM #3
I assume there are technical drawings and more description of the patent in the filings. This s what a patent should be. This actually gives a competitive edge unlike all the software patents that we're suing over (both sides).
08-21-2012, 02:41 PM #4
So that means no one can make a phone with a rubber outside? Like that old Nokia from years ago?
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08-21-2012, 08:01 PM #6
So let me get this straight... The description is very vague. Did apple just win a patent for an iPhone case...? If so, that's ridiculous. They definitely didn't come up with THAT.
Last edited by ddonuts4; 08-21-2012 at 08:05 PM.
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08-22-2012, 03:59 AM #11
This sounds like it would be a material on the inside of the housing to protect the electronic components.