On December 06, 2020, Patently Apple released a design patent report titled “Apple was granted 13 design patents for its 2020 iPad Air”. Today we found out that the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office has granted an Apple 5 design patent totaling 38 images covering Apple’s iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard combination. Two of the design patents are featured with photographic images while the other three patents are featured as line art.
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 patent figures. No additional design-related specifications are available.
Magic Keyboard – In Photos
On Thursday, Apple was granted five design patents covering the iPad Pro and its Magic Keyboard. The first of two registered photo-based design patents is shown in part below, covering design patent 2016833.8M001.
The second design patent based on the .8M002 photo appears to be identical to the 8M001. It’s unclear if the Hong Kong office captured the images incorrectly at this time, but 8M002 shouldn’t show the same images as .8M001.
Apple filed the 5 design patents under Locarno classifications 14-01, 02 and 03 which essentially cover the following:
14-01: Equipment for recording or reproducing sound and images
14-02: Data processing equipment and peripheral apparatus and devices
14-03: Telecommunications equipment, wireless remote controls and radio amplifiers
Magic Keyboard – Line Art
Apple has been granted 3 design patents covering the iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard in line drawing form. Apple is obviously only showing images of design patent #2016833.8M003 as shown below, which covers the entire iPad Pro and its Magic Keyboard accessory.
The Line Art design patent we have covered above depicts the complete design, which is present with all solid lines that show what is protected in the design.
The other 2 Line Art design patents issued to Apple, which are not fully discussed in this report, provide only partial coverage for things that Apple wants to double protect.
In the first example shown below, Apple design patent 2016833.8M004 illustrates a “partial cover” in which only the keys, trackpad, and part of the screen surround of the iPad Pro are shown in strokes. full. That’s what Apple asked to protect specifically in this secondary folder.
The rest of the design, as you can see below, is presented in broken lines which are only there to serve as a visual guide mechanism so that the solid lines stand out showcasing what is doubly covered by Apple.
In the second example shown below, Apple design patent 2016833.8M005 illustrates a “partial cover” in which only the iPad Pro is shown in solid lines. That’s what Apple asked to protect specifically in this secondary folder.