Definitions for "Design patent"
A patent issued on a new design that does not affect the functioning of the underlying device.
A term used in the United States to describe a form of intellectual property similar to an industrial design.(FR:Design Patent)
a patent, and can be enforced as such to the extent of what it protects
Keywords:  genie, thieves, i've, aren't, stealing
a perfectly legitimate way for Apple to prevent Microsoft or other potential thieves (and once I've named Microsoft, there aren't many others to fear) from stealing the "genie effect