Apple Granted 14 Years Protection for 5th Ave Glass Cube by Patent Office

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Apple was granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on the design of the glass cube entryway to the company's 5th Ave. Apple Store. Patent D712067 [Via AppleInsider] was filed in 2012 and gives Apple 14 years of protection for the design.

Patent Figure

Apple Patent Figure

The patent has just one claim, "The ornamental design for a building, as shown and described." The "inventors," or in this case the designers and engineers and architects, include the late Steve Jobs, former Apple retail head Ron Johnson, and Karl Backus, Peter Bohlin, Robert Bridger, Benjamin Fay, and James O'Callaghan.

Patent Figure

Apple Patent Figure

The 5th Ave. glass cube was Apple's first major investment in landmark architecture for its Apple Stores. Originally built in 2006 with 90 glass panes, Apple spent some US$6.7 million rebuilding it with just 15 panes in 2011. That's the version that was granted patent protection, and this is what it looks like in real life:

5th Ave. Apple Store

5th Ave. Apple Store
Source: Apple

Since that building went up, Apple has built other amazing destination buildings and entry ways, including my favorite, the stunning cylinder for the Pudong Apple Store in China:

Pudong Apple Store

Pudong Apple Store
Source: Apple

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Comments

Lee Dronick

The one in Pudong looks like a Mac Pro

furbies

@Lee Dronick, or the container part of a blender or grinder…....

Lee Dronick

The iCarafe

Blissmonkey

Wow, those look stunningly gorgeous.  I’d love to see them in person one day.

mrmwebmax

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I was in New York on business in january. I was only there once before in 1983, I had no idea where I was, I was with a group of co-workers, and we were walking to a meeting a few block from our hotel. We turned a corner and I found myself right across the street from the Fifth Avenue Apple Store. Pictures don’t do it justice. Wow. And our meetings took place in a second-floor conference room overlooking the cube. Unbelievable.

My timing was good, a week or two later one of the panes was damaged by a snowblower!

John F. Braun

Shh nobody tell The Borg.

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