Microsoft granted US patent on Surface Touch Cover

Earlier this month, the US Patent and Trademark Office posted up word on its website that Microsoft has been granted a patent on the case made for its Surface tablet design. Now the USPTO has decided that Microsoft's Touch Cover for the tablet should be given patents of its own.

Specifically, Microsoft's design of the Touch Cover itself was given a patent, along with the design of the magnetic base for the cover that allows it to quickly and tightly connect to the Surface tablet itself. Microsoft has made this magnetic bonding between the tablet and the Touch Cover the center of its two main Surface TV ads, including the Surface Pro commercial in February where dancers made lots and lots of connections between cover and tablet.

Microsoft has promoted the Touch Cover as one of the most unique features of the Surface, even though technically it can be bought as an optional accessory to the tablet. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft expands the Touch Cover and will release more versions of it in the months to come, or perhaps come up with an all new design for a future version of Surface.

Source: USPTO | Image via Microsoft
Via: Engadget

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If Apple adds this to the iPad I would probably buy one right away (I used to have one but I don't anymore). I really hope the next one will.

rfirth said,
Considering it's patented... I wouldn't expect the next iPad to implement it.

Apple has a patent cross-licensing agreement with Microsoft. By definition, cross-licensing goes both ways.

Not everything is cross-licensed, although I wouldn't rule this out. For Apple, it'd be hard to offer a touch keyboard like this because the iPad has no power/data connector so their keyboard need a built-in supply.

Bitcrazed said,
Not everything is cross-licensed, although I wouldn't rule this out. For Apple, it'd be hard to offer a touch keyboard like this because the iPad has no power/data connector so their keyboard need a built-in supply.

That's why I said in a new iPad, it needs a connector so the current iPad has no way to do this
rfirth said,
Considering it's patented... I wouldn't expect the next iPad to implement it.

MS and Apple can use each other's patents (that's why I'm talking about it). The Surface is pretty much one of the only product out there to use a MagSafe like connector because Apple has a patent on it (and MS is free to use it)

can i use this laying down on bed on my lap or my tummy?
what a worthless piece of **** by microsoft. glad they patent it now no one can build this peice of crap.

Of course you can, but it won't work for fat people. That is why it is worthless piece of *****

astalvfnw said,
can i use this laying down on bed on my lap or my tummy?
what a worthless piece of **** by microsoft. glad they patent it now no one can build this peice of crap.

astalvfnw said,
can i use this laying down on bed on my lap or my tummy?
what a worthless piece of **** by microsoft. glad they patent it now no one can build this peice of crap.

You sir made my day.

Yes. Yes you can. I am typing this reply to you in bed, reclined against my pillows with my SurfaceRT on my tummy.

Ergo it's not useless.

Bitcrazed said,
Yes. Yes you can. I am typing this reply to you in bed, reclined against my pillows with my SurfaceRT on my tummy.

Ergo it's not useless.

+1