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Apple Patents: How Apple’s Smart With Its Patent Choices

Apple Patents: The fact that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is always applying for technology related patents should not be a surprise to anybody at this point. Not only does this put Apple in position to implement the idea in the future, but it keeps the competition at bay for the time being.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) to be Added to Several WisdomTree ETFsWe have discussed Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) patents in the past, and today we want to bring you more of the same.

While a patent is a good thing, especially when you are Apple, it is important to note that the company does not always take the technology and implement it into future products. As you can imagine, there are tech companies all over the world sitting on a variety of patents. Unfortunately for consumers, only a small handful ever make their way to the public.

Yesterday was a big day for Apple in the world of patents. The Cupertino based company was granted 54 patents, spanning a variety of technology. Some of the ideas are definitely worth covering while others are not nearly as exciting – at least not at this time.

The fine people at broke the scoop on some of the most exciting patents, including one for “GarageBand’s Smart Keyboard Interface.”

Anybody who has ever played this game is sure to understand the importance of this patent.

From a technical point of view, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s patent “provides systems, methods, and devices for musical performance and/or musical input that solve or mitigate many of the problems of prior art systems.”

This may sound complex, and it probably is, all you need to know is that it can improve your experience.

Now for another cool patent from Apple: Hybrid Business – Gift Card System.

This idea seems so simple that it is amazing nobody thought of it in the past. In short, the patent relates to the ability to combine a business card with a gift card. According to Patently, “the calling card can include a gift code that can be used to redeem a gift online (e.g., songs, ringtones, coupons, physical merchandise) using an electronic communications device (e.g., a personal computer, mobile phone, electronic tablet).”

When the user finally decides to use the card, he or she will be provided with a variety of information, including contact details, for the card provider.

Although Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was awarded more than 50 patents yesterday, these are a couple of the most interesting.

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