“Apple was first granted a design patent for their Upper West Side Apple Store in New York back in November 2011,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “Six months later and the US Patent and Trademark Office have granted Apple their second design patent for this same design. Steve Jobs has once again been posthumously credited as one of the designers.”
“In addition to this, it should be noted that Apple has been awarded twenty-one granted patents today. Beyond the thirteen utility patents that we list covering such things as security, podcast management and the MacBook’s Hard Drive, this report covers a major virtual keyboard victory, ” Purcher reports. “[This multi-tiered keyboard patent] just might be one [with which] Apple could challenge their many copycatters.”
Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.