Apple Granted Patent for Fifth Avenue Glass Cube Store Design

Thursday August 28, 2014 12:51 AM PDT by Richard Padilla
Apple has been granted a patent for the design of its iconic glass cube Fifth Avenue retail store, reports Patently Apple.

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The decision comes four years after Apple applied for a trademark related to the store's design, which is still currently pending. The panted granted today was originally filed on October 15, 2012 and credits eight inventors including former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Apple's Fifth Avenue store opened on May 19, 2006 and was designed by architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Due to a structural overhaul that took place in 2011, the location currently uses 15 panes of glass as opposed to 90 used in the original cube. The renovations on the newer cube also did away with nearly all of the hardware that previously held the original panes together, resulting in a "seamless" design.

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9 weeks ago

Only apple could/would patent a storefront


If I'd designed and engineered it I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want anyone else copying it too.
Rating: 12 Votes
9 weeks ago

?!
They patented a glass cube?!
Seriously?!
I call plagiarism: http://www.wikiart.org/en/larry-bell/glass-cube-1966#supersized-artistPaintings-288973


Oh dear, someone doesn't understand the difference between an idea and an implementation..

By your logic Star Trek owns pretty much everything technological that has come out in the last 30 years, and also the next couple of decades too.
Rating: 7 Votes
9 weeks ago
This thread is about to be filled with comments from people who have no idea what a design patent is.
Rating: 6 Votes
9 weeks ago
Only apple could/would patent a storefront
Rating: 6 Votes
9 weeks ago
It's such a cool store.

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No it's not. Stop making things up. You cannot compare a store to a tourist attraction, its a store. And the reason why there are so many people sitting around next to it, is because its the only place on 5th ave where you can easily sit down and eat (except central park),


According to Forbes, it's the most photographed site in NYC.
Rating: 6 Votes
9 weeks ago

Which is crazy. Of all the things to do in New York...


It's normal for tourists to visit architectural icons in cities they visit. People visit cathedrals too, but it doesn't mean they have to convert.
Rating: 5 Votes
9 weeks ago

Only apple could/would patent a storefront


If they never I could guarantee you Samsung stores would have the exact same architecture (their interiors are almost exactly the same already).
Rating: 4 Votes
9 weeks ago

Dumb. Patents are being granted way to easily. This does not deserve a patent. Most things that are being patented should be denied. The whole system is abused. Time to simply end patents.


You have no idea what you are talking about. First, patents are in the US Constitution...good luck ending them. Second, there are different types of patents. This one is a design patent, and this is exactly what it is for.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 weeks ago

No it's not. Stop making things up. You cannot compare a store to a tourist attraction, its a store. And the reason why there are so many people sitting around next to it, is because its the only place on 5th ave where you can easily sit down and eat (except central park),

Your so wrong! It is a main tourist attraction in NYC
PS you should do research before you post😄
Rating: 4 Votes
9 weeks ago

Not a lot of storefronts look like this...

Image (http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/fifthavenue_hero.jpg)


It's not really a storefront... It's more of a... store... top...
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