Apple’s iconic glass cube Fifth Avenue Apple Store is now a patented ornamental building designed by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The structure was designed in part by late co-founder Steve jobs as one of the seven inventors, being joined by former retail chief Ron Johnson and other inventors such as Karl Backus, Peter Bohlin, Robert Bridger, Benjamin L. Fay and James O’Callaghan.

The patent was granted just recently and represents the current design iteration of the 32 foot cube, which now uses fewer panes of glass to achieve a cleaner aesthetic. This simpler look was a result of a redesign which Apple completed towards the end of 2011. Prior to the redesign, the glass cube used 90 panes of glass.

For those of you who didn’t know, the cube was personally designed by Jobs and happens to be one of the most photographed landmarks in the city. Steve Jobs even paid for the project himself and was the owner of the structure.
Apple originally filed for the patent in October of 2012 and was recently awarded the building patent with a term of 14 years.

Source: FreePatentsOnline via AppleInsider