Apple applies for patent on wireless charging system

Apple applies for patent on wireless charging system
Apple has filed a patent application called Wireless Power Utilization in a Local Computing Environment. It is a fancy name for a wireless charging system that uses near-field magnetic resonance. The NFMR creates a field that will recharge any electronic device with NFMR resonator circuits, within a yard of the source. Mobile phones, toys, wireless phones, remote controls, anything that uses rechargeable batteries can be "refueled" with this technology.

It is obviously an improvement over the current wireless charging technology which requires you to put your handset on a pad. We really haven't come that far since Palm introduced the Touchstone wireless charging system when it announced the Palm Pre back at CES 2009, so this would seem like a great idea on its face. But there is a catch and it is a big one.

Powering up the magnetic field could end up causing Lightsquared style interference, meaning that it can be problematic. Credit cards with a magnetic strip might have critical information wiped out and who knows what will happen to your hard drives. But we're sure that Apple will have all of the answers before releasing such a system. Or, considering the speed at which Apple's army of attorneys defend the Cupertino based firm's IP portfolio, this could just be a warning to others working on similar technology to tread lightly.

source: USPTO

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108. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Apple's latest "invention" the patent system or iPatent

106. V3TTOO

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

A little more info on their policy change back in September from the Kickstarter site: Do the new guidelines mean that Kickstarter will only accept Hardware and Product Design projects with finished products? Not at all. We simply ask creators to share with backers exactly what’s been done so far, show how the product currently works, and explain how it will be completed. In short, we expect creators to show their work. Backers have shown that they're happy to get involved in projects that are in earlier stages when the creator is clear about the remaining work and their ability to complete it.

105. V3TTOO

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

Patents should be like projects are on Kickstarter, where you can't start on theoretical product projects. From their guidelines: 1. Funding for projects only. A project has a clear goal, like making an album, a book, or a work of art. A project will eventually be completed, and something will be produced by it. A project is not open-ended. Starting a business, for example, does not qualify as a project.

104. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I like old and traditional way to charge the phone.

98. bluexperia

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

the moral of the story don't talk to strangers(especially those who came from 200 b.c)

97. yingcong6

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

Now the patent law is so flaw and questionable. Before, a thing is patented after it's actually invented. But now, a thing is patented before it's actually invented. Wireless charging in this way by Apple may be a good idea, but Apple hasn't make it realistic. It's not about the idea itself, it's more about the ability to make it happen nowadays. Who reaches the destination first, who win the metal. That's what patent law should be , isn't it?

96. devilfisch

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Doesn't WiTricity hold a patent for something like this? They have also demonstrated their tech already and works to a few meters too.

87. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

Apple advertises Panaroma like no one knew about it (on iPhone 5) and still people think Nokia does not deserve to adverstize / make a well deserved big deal on OIS and other things on 808, 920, etc. Power of marketing / media can fool even a person with 150+ IQ. Nokia you are yourself deserve your current position. Joining hands with MS for Windows Phone is not bad, but discontinuing Symbian and Meego WILL BE your biggest fault till you lose business even more

85. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

I'm going to patent the Teleporter, one day someone will figure out how it works and they will have to pay me to sell. Shyt, I'd better sharpen my pencil to fill in the forms and draw some stick figure images before Apple beats me to it.

84. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

Apple s**ts and finds it worth patenting.

82. dhaoracle87

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

Didn't someone already invent and patent wireless charging. Let me see who is that... it is on the tip of my tongue...... OH YEA Nikola Tesla...!!!!

77. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

DAMN IT APPLE/ stop posting dumb patents when every other company like NOKIA and others using WIRELESS CHARGING. STOP BANING THE COMPETITION. jeezes!

76. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

they applied a patent of wireless charging yet they know that they can't build that thing. they are innovative at patenting but not on inventing. Paradox innovative in patenting

74. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I guess this means people are "charging it wrong"

73. agarcia820

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 23, 2012

And Apple takes this tech all for itself, What a greedy company. Patents everywhere. #2 reason why I can't STAND Apple.

72. lilg29

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

I think the real question is will this be on the iphone 12s or on the iphone 13 because its pretty obvious that anything before the 12 wont get it....

71. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i could conclude..apple is a TROLL!!! patent everything that isnt their own! they dont have NFC or whatever... they cant patent this!!!

70. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

There is major reform needed if things keep going this way apple is going to have the whole damn industry at a stand still.

65. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I'd rather have that wireless charging stone/base thing instead. With this magnetic field thing, when it wipes out your hard drive and credit cards, Apple will have some excuse of "You're using it wrong" or "Don't put magnetic devices in or near the field" excuse

66. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Also don't forget about your health!

69. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Dirty electricty causes Diabetes ... and these charges are definitely not good for health :(

62. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I like how articles for other companies go like this : "Samsung developing flexible display." "HTC presents Droid DNA, first 1080P smartphone." "LG working on new HD screens." But with Apple it's always : "Apple patents wireless charging method." "Apple patents optical stylus." "Apple patents slide to unlock." Seriously, when's the last time Apple actually made any contributions to the mobile industry since the 1st iPhone?

58. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Apple is fighting hard now to get the distinction of being the "Most Valuable" Patent Troll on planet ...

60. freebee269

Posts: 543; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

i remember reading where the u.s. government was going to look into how patents are rewarded to see if the patent system needed to be revised. i havent heard anything about it since. money makes alot of things go away.

54. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I guess this changes everything again.

59. freebee269

Posts: 543; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

lol. good one.

37. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

This is kinda old news. What other patents have apple applied for an won... Hmmm... Let's see... Page turn. Yes. Apple now owns the page turn. How innovative. Universal battery. One battery that can power any apple device. And others. Remember all those who said that wireless charging was a fad? Apple applied for a patent almost a good week later. It might even be in the iphone 5s. It will be called wireless iPower. Dont expect any nfc though.

15. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I honestly thought Tesla had the patents for this? I can't see how iJunk could possibly be granted this one.

27. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I don't like Apple but I shuld say it. Yes, Tesla is father of induction based power transfer but there is new technologies which can improve it and that's mean they can be patented.

38. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Ironic that Tesla was exceedingly generous with his patents, and Apple is patenting a derivation of his work. "Marconi is a good fellow. Let him continue. He is using 17 of my patents" -Tesla Tesla let a guy get away with taking actual technology for a decent length of time, while Apple thinks sliding to unlock is worth dollars per infringing device.

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