27 patents awarded to Apple

27 patents awarded to Apple
Apple has reloaded its patent Glock with 27 new bullets. In other words, the USPTO has awarded the Cupertino based firm a batch of 27 patents. Among the protected ideas is a dock that induces inductive charging. Yes, we could see Apple finally come to market with an official wireless charging accessory for the Apple iPhone or the Apple iPad. Apple has tried to develop an inductive charging system before that worked in both portrait and landscape mode, while another invention by the Cupertino based firm used the cable from a headphone as a charging coil.

One interesting patent is for Apple's "Antenna Insert" application which is a docking station that could feature an antenna for an improved wireless signal and also an inductive charger. Adding an antenna to the dock could remove one of the problems To prevent radiation, most mobile phones are designed with the antenna away from the user's head, usually at the base of the unit. Unfortunately, that leads to interference when the handset is docked. To prevent that from occuring, Apple would allow the antenna inside the docking station to enhance the one on the handset. The reradiating antenna would "receive and transmit RF signals, such as once and data." The antennas inside the docking system could be tuned to different frequencies, thus improving the reception on the device. The design of the dock also makes sure that the circuits for the interactive charging and those for the antenna do not touch. The patent number is 11/970,504 and was filed in Q1 of 200

Another patent won by Apple in the batch is for scrolling lists, rotating and scaling documents on a touchscreen. This is a patent that could end up hitting a few competitors on the head. The patent also includes the area at the top and bottom of the list if it ends while you are scrolling it.This is patent number
8,209,606 which was originally filed in Q4 2008. Another patent awarded Apple is for the use of gestures to resize the UI and is extended to the Apple iPad. And for the fifth time in the last year and a half, Apple has won a patent for a light-sensitive display that could use a pen that emits light as an input device.

source: PatentlyApple via AppleInsider


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47 Comments

1. android_hitman unregistered

27 new patents = 27 new lawsuits

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Especially when there is already a lot of prior art out to invalidate the patents. Inductive charging with an included antenna? Attorneys are going to have a wonderful time billing for all of the lawsuits that will inevitably result.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The inductive charging one.... depends on what one considered a dock. I know some Android phones have inductive charging battery door that need a charging pad.

29. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

As usual you're clueless about how patents work. You can have the same idea that you implement in a unique way. This will allow you to get a patent.

33. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Since you claim to be a patent guru, how about a citation to back up what you are asserting? Bland, self-serving platitudes don't advance the discussion for anyone who is reading this thread.

45. stealthd unregistered

Cite your own claims before you ask people to cite theirs.

36. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Normally I would agree with you. The difference here is a lot of the lawsuits aren't about how they are implemented (ie the software code) but the idea behind them. The HTC lawsuit comes to mind. The revised way is very different from how Apple does it, but they are claiming that it's another version of what they are doing. If they truly went off of the source code, there would be no reason for them to go after them (with the revised software). If they did use the software code to judge these patents rather than just what is accomplished, we'd have a lot less of these suits, on both sides. But you are correct, they are supposed to go by implementation. That way, if they accomplish something with the same end result, but do so in a different way (again different software code), there should be no problem. The issue is the patent office is giving patents for the ACTION that's accomplished, not HOW the action's accomplished. But since the people who could initiate patent reform are lawyers, I doubt we'll see that anytime soon. Lawyers are like arms dealers, selling to both sides and profiting no matter who wins or loses. And even if they lose, they still get paid. I'm starting to think Shakespeare had it right.

15. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

You all don't get it! Stop leaving these lawsuit comments!!! Apple representatives read them and for every comment left here, they make a lawsuit just to toy with us. They don't care if the lawsuit goes through, they just want to irritate us. If the lawsuit goes through then that's killing two birds with one stone.....(lol I 've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to say that for months.... Thanks android_hitman.)

35. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

or even more than that, you never know

2. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Why beat the competition when you can just sue them!? If only Apple could just make better phones.

11. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 2011

*cough top selling phone for every company *cough. sorry i had something in my throat...YEAH if only they could make a good phone...

16. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

haha...

21. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

Just because it is top selling doesn't necessarily make it the best device, just the better marketed, Also, being the best phone doesn't mean you shouldn't focus to make it better.

27. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Coca Cola tried to change when the New Coke and we are back to Coke Classic...

37. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So if it ain't broke, don't fix it? By that reasoning, we'd still have rotarty dial telephones. You couldn't kill those phones. I said this in a post yesterday, but to summarize, the patent wars will only hurt the consumer. We need competition to get us the best devices at the best cost. If one company manages to eliminate their competition, they can grow stagnant. They could have many innovations, and then release 1 or 2 each year, forcing you to buy a new phone each time if you really need said innovations. With competitors in the mix, they need to one up them constantly to hold or advance their position in the industry. So no matter what side you're on, iOS, Android, WP, BB, etc., we need them to force our OS of choice to step up their game while keeping it affordable. And in case you're wondering, when I posted these ideas yesterday, it was for the Moto banning Apple article. I don't want to see anyone lose choices or any competition go away. If all we had was Android, we wouldn't see anywhere near the advancement from them that we do if they didn't have iOS or WP to keep pushing them to try & beat them.

24. bfuller2006

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Just like what someone else said that doesn't mean a thing...I work for one of the carriers that sales the Iphone and most of them when i ask why an iphone, they say they don't know they just want one? I just give them a look. Simply put a lot of people just buy the damn phone just because they dont know nothing about and havent done the research. Its so unbelievable, its not a bad phone however its not the best out there matter fact i wouldnt say there is any perfect phones they all have they lettle comings.so stick that in your pipe and smoke it! To be quite frank and honest I own a 16GB 4S and I have an HTC Android, I started with teh HTC and went to the Iphone for a while then back to the HTC then to the Iphone then now im back for good to the HTC.

3. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

And there you have it, one idea already used by Samsung, some already in use by other companies and some others that will never be made. Sometimes I wonder if USPTO keeps up with tech news, cos if it were me, I wouldn't grant patents to a company for things are already in use by others.

28. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

in business when you come up with something .. you patented or protected so other don't come and steal it.. Apple did it with the ipad and now Samsung will pay up... for years nobody patented or nobody took the time ( something Android doesn't do ) so why is Apple's fault..

39. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

but what if that something actually was stolen from someone else by you but you still patent it as your own anyway? and worse, you never actually use it nor have the product? but yeah, chicken, i understand your point.. rule number one is: apple never steal and never wrong rule number two: competitors always steal from apple and always wrong rule number three: if apple steals and/or being wrong, look at rule number one.. rule number four: if competitors have genuine, unique, never-before-existed ideas/products and are correct, please look at rule number two.. that's how apple works..

4. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Who the f**k works at the USPTO?! Steve Jobs Jr., Tim Cook Jr., Jony Ives Jr.???

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I am starting to wonder if Apple has found a way to game the patent office action process and get their patent applications assigned to examiners who aren't up to speed on pre-existing technology. Inductive charging has been around since way before 2004. Adding an antenna to a charging unit is new and innovative? Get real! Better yet, what happens when a call comes in and the user wants to take it? Is Apple going to patent adding a microphone/speaker circuit to the base? Hint to the USPTO - this technology has been around for years, it is called a portable phone base station.

46. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Idiot

5. strikercho

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Well, some actually invent, like Apple, Nokia, Microsoft. Others like Giggle, Shamshung, etc usually copy and are being sued.

8. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

I agree.. And the new revolutionary "wireless charging" patent of Apple was already copied by Palm & Samsung..

10. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

You gotta be kidding me...

12. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Samsung will retaliate with twice the amount of patents.

13. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I'm somewhat bewildered on some of these patents. As one poster asked above, who is manning the USPTO ship? Many of these so called "inventions" have been in operation already. So why will Apple's patents "Hit competition on the head"? You mean to tell me none of these other companies patented these already in use products? Something just doesn't sit right with me here.The USPTO needs to be seriously investigated for lack of researching their own practices. It sounds to me that "Patent Pending" means inventions are pending until another company throws the most cash. John B.

25. luxzy801

Posts: 140; Member since: Jun 16, 2010

"It sounds to me that "Patent Pending" means inventions are pending until another company throws the most cash." Great line slammer, definately got to agree with you on this one. Yea, it really seems like the USPTO is giving patents away like candy with disregard to any previous patents incorporating the same technology... I guarantee the next thing that we will see from apple is the same exact product as the Palm Touchstone, except it will be called iCharge, and all of the people will rush to it and buy it because its an apple product, and since it is an apple product, that means they invented it and are the most innovative company in the world, and nothing like this ever existed before Apple came along and made it!!!!!! "Caugh, Caugh" LOL

40. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

+1 to that.. "patent pending until apple take it from you".. seriously.. It's starting to get very disgusting the way apple and USPTO work.. one is an innovation thief, the other one is a technology dumbass..

31. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Same response I gave the other guy. You seem clueless about how patents and innovation work.

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