Apple awarded multiple design patents - MacBook Air, Apple remote, iPhone 3G, & more

The US Patent and Trademark office just published fourteen new patents recently awarded to Apple. Among them are design patents for the MacBook Air, iPhone 3G, Apple remote, their battery charger design, and many more.

Considering Apple recently sued Samsung for copying the iOS look and feel, these patents could end up with many other manufacturers ending up in court. Lots of notebooks have recently mimicked the design of the MacBook Air or other variations of the MacBook line. None of the patents seem too design specific. If Apple has the ability to sue based on the overall appearance and design, I definitely think we'll see more lawsuits springing up sooner rather than later.

Anyone else think these patents may be a bit too broad?

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Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.