Yesterday Apple was granted 14 new US patents. Four of them covered the designs for the MacBook Air, Apple TV Remote, iPhone 3G/3GS models, and their battery charger.

The first patent was for the newly refreshed MacBook Air, which could mean bad news for Asus their newly-released UX21 laptop that strongly resembled Apple’s thinnest notebook…

The next patent is for the iPhone 3G/3Gs models, covering the basic curved design and button placement. The last two were for the Apple TV Remote and AA battery charger. The other 10 patents were for Apple’s more specific technology, such as auto power-off for Bluetooth devices and noise reduction, among others.

Recently, Apple has been on a legal tirade, suing smartphone manufacturers left and right for copyright infringement. These 14 new patents will certainly lead to more legal battles.

[Redmond Pie]