Apple gets patents for iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS design, applies for iPhone/iPad icon trademarks

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Big week for Apple patent pr0n, as in addition to getting a patent for the original 2007 iPhone 2G design, Steve Jobs, Jonathan Ive, et al are not being granted a patent for the 2008/2009 iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS design as well. And not content with hardware alone, Apple has filed for patents on almost all their Home Screen and App Store icons (we couldn't find Calendar, which means its either too generic or we just couldn't find it).

So fair warning to all the iClone manufacturers without prior art or $40 billion in the bank -- start visual differentiation plans now.

As to the icons, at almost 1000x1000 pixels and with detail to match, it shows just how obsessive Apple is when it comes to their products and while other OS and devices may use the same app-launcher paradigms, they don't seem to be slaving over every last detail -- in art, consistency, multitouch panel quality, and touch detection software quality -- Apple is putting in. Just amazing. (Except for those diagonal stripes).

Gallery after the break!

[Patently Apple, GoRumors via Engadget]

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"...Steve Jobs, Jonathan Ive, et al are not being granted a patent for the 2008/2009 iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS design as well."
Um. Are they, or aren't they?

I thought one got copyrights for art and patents for devices.
How can one patent an icon?
If the clones were already on the market well before Apple filed, wouldn't that constitute prior art?

I would imagine that the calendar was missed as there would be (approx) 370 different combinations of the same icon. 31for January, 28 for February, 31 for March, etc.

So....basically, Apple has "patented" the images of a clock, flower, sun, and other extremely generic images used by a lot of programs (not just smartphones). How did our patent system get to the point where we can patent extremely generic pictures of clocks? Some of the icons I see as unique enough to justify granting it.
Also, the stocks icon. Most generic out of the bunch. It is just a squiggly line. What if I made an app that tracks your heart, and had that be the icon (on a PC, no less, just for entirely different platforms). Not pixel for pixel the same, but the same general idea. Let us assume I had no idea where it came to me from. Perhaps I came up with it myself. Will Apple now come after me with this generic image patent, and demand I change it, and ruin me (legal fees), or will they let it go, and possibly lose their claim?