Yesterday Apple was granted three design patents in Hong Kong. Two of the design patents relate to a “Retail Kiosk” which basically represents Apple’s Retail Express Kiosks that Apple has experimented with in California to meet customers needs for easy pickup of purchases or repaired devices. The third design patent relates to the iPhone 12 mini Leather Sleeve with MagSafe.
Unlike “patent applications” that provide the public with an abstract, summary and details of an invention, design patents published around the world are limited to only providing the public with design patent figures. No additional specifics of the design are made available.
Apple Retail Kiosk Design Patent
The Hong Kong Patent Office granted Apple design patent 2117558.7M001 for a “Retail Kiosk.” The design was registered under Locarno Classification number 20-02 covering “Display and Sales Equipment.”
The design patent resembles that of “Apple Express” retail outlets setup due to COVID-19 circumstances. It’s basically a pickup center, Apple’s design patent called it an Apple Pickup Point.
The image below is from the new setup at the Apple Burlingame store in California.
The new Apple Express Retail Kiosk actually fits into an existing Apple Store, as the Burlingame store below. Once this pandemic is officially deemed over, the stores could return to their normal layout.
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Below is Apple’s second granted design patent for their Retail Kiosk. It’s the same design but highlights certain aspects of the design that Apple wants to double protect.
iPhone 12 mini Leather Sleeve with MagSafe
On Friday, Apple was also granted design patent 2117505.6 from the Hong Kong Patent Office for the iPhone 12 mini leather sleeve with MagSafe as presented below.
Apple’s design patent was filed under Locarno Classification number 3-01 covering “Cases specifically designed for the contents, wallets, handbags and similar articles”