Steve Jobs should be a lot happier today. In fact, the US Patent and Trademark Office has finally granted Apple a patent for the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch design as “the ornamental design of an electronic device”. Basically, no one can copy the design of these products anymore.
From what you can read on the U.S. Patent & Trade Office website (link), Apple filed the requests in 2009 (iPhone) and 2007 (iPod Touch), and they’ve been accepted today. Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive are listed in the inventors of these designs.
Great news for Apple, very bad news for all those who indirectly took “inspiration” from the iPhone design to release similar products. Indeed, Steve Jobs must be a lot happier today.
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