Apple introduced its first-generation AirPods Max with incredible high-fidelity sound, adaptive equalizer, active noise cancellation, and spatial sound on December 8, 2020. Apple also introduced a thin, flexible smart case that puts the earphones in an ultra-low power state that helps preserve its battery charge. On Friday, Apple was granted 15 design patents from the Hong Kong Patent Office covering both the AirPods Max and its Smart Case.
Unlike “patent applications” which provide the public with a summary, summary and details of an invention, design patents published worldwide are limited to providing the public only with design patent numbers. No additional design specifics are available.
Design Patents: AirPods Max and Smart Case
On Friday afternoon, the Hong Kong Patent Office issued Apple with 15 granted design patents covering the new AirPods Max and its associated smart case. Below are some of the major design patents illustrated in line drawings and CAD images.
Apple’s design patents for the AirPods Max, including their headphone component, were filed under Locarno Classifications 14-01 and 03 which basically cover earphones and headphones for phones and microphones combined.
Apple’s design patents for the AirPods Max Smart Case were filed under Locarno 3-01 classifications essentially covering cases specifically designed for their content.