We’re guessing Steve Jobs is a pretty chipper chap. Today Apple was granted a design patent for the original iPhone and iPod Touch.? Apple already has patents out the wazoo and the company undoubtedly has plenty more in the works, but the implications for this particular patent are a little more concrete than one would original think for strictly a design patent.? It means those pesky little knock-offs that show up on eBay and on rickety tables near Canal Street are now treading on infringement territory.? Check out the link on the U.S. Patent & Trade Office website here.
(Thanks to www.engadget.com for the original tip-off)