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Apple Believes It Invented Wireless Charging, Patents Idea

By - Source: The Register | B 77 comments

Claims its take on the concept is better than all competitors.

Apple has began the process in patenting wireless charging, with the firm claiming its magnetic resonance technology is new and its take on the concept itself is industry-leading.

Apple's application for the patent, numbered 20120303980, refers to the ability to charge a device over the air at a distance of up to a meter, as opposed to requiring close proximity.

However, the Alliance For Wireless Power also boasts long-range charging capabilities. The alliance includes members such as Qualcomm and Samsung, who believes distance charging is its unique selling point.

Apple's patent application was filed in November 2010, which was before the alliance was formed. That said, tech startup WiPower applied for its patent on the concept of wireless charging back in 2008; WiPower has since been acquired by Qualcomm.

Several devices already boast wireless charging capabilities including Google's recently released Nexus 4 smartphone and Nokia's Lumia 920. Wireless charging in general is expected to go mainstream soon.

 

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    tacobravo , December 7, 2012 1:35 PM
    It seems like Apple wants to patent everything and anything it can, even if its not their original idea (like most of them)
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    mousseng , December 7, 2012 1:39 PM
    And Tesla powered street lights wirelessly 119 years earlier. Glad to see the field's taken off so quickly!
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    house70 , December 7, 2012 1:44 PM
    moussengAnd Tesla powered street lights wirelessly 119 years earlier. Glad to see the field's taken off so quickly!

    It doesn't matter. If Apple was a car manufacturer they would patent the wheel and sue the rest of the world for it.
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  • 40 Hide
    tacobravo , December 7, 2012 1:35 PM
    It seems like Apple wants to patent everything and anything it can, even if its not their original idea (like most of them)
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    xpeh , December 7, 2012 1:36 PM
    Just what we need. Apple with another patent
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    geraldfryjr , December 7, 2012 1:37 PM
    Electric Tooth Brush's where among the First to sport wireless charging !!!!

    It is not a knew concept as all !!!

    jer :) 
  • 18 Hide
    daglesj , December 7, 2012 1:38 PM
    Can we mention the Palm Pre/2 as well.
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    mousseng , December 7, 2012 1:39 PM
    And Tesla powered street lights wirelessly 119 years earlier. Glad to see the field's taken off so quickly!
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    heero yuy , December 7, 2012 1:40 PM
    i thought nikola tesla had a long distance energy transer thingy
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    mrmaia , December 7, 2012 1:42 PM
    Here we go. Patents with Apple are as harmful as powder with fire.
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    bllue , December 7, 2012 1:43 PM
    This is bad for everyone
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    house70 , December 7, 2012 1:43 PM
    The only thing more pathetic than this is the fact that they'll actually be granted this patent in the US.

    Even Zak sounds incredulous in the title.
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    house70 , December 7, 2012 1:44 PM
    moussengAnd Tesla powered street lights wirelessly 119 years earlier. Glad to see the field's taken off so quickly!

    It doesn't matter. If Apple was a car manufacturer they would patent the wheel and sue the rest of the world for it.
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    arnoldlouie , December 7, 2012 1:45 PM
    Yes they should. all apple devices comes with wireless charging since 2010. They should patent it. Like slide to unlock they were the first. Adam and Eve should be sued for eating the fruit that resembles apple's logo. Washington Apple should be named Washington heart shaped fruit to avoid copyright infringement.
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    bustapr , December 7, 2012 1:45 PM
    watch how the USPO approves the patent. I sure as hell wouldnt want that to happen, but sadly, USPO is the lead in Apple rimming.
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    heero yuy , December 7, 2012 1:45 PM
    house70It doesn't matter. If Apple was a car manufacturer they would patent the wheel and sue the rest of the world for it.

    dont give them ideas D:
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    Anonymous , December 7, 2012 1:46 PM
    This is the reason why I continue to support open-sourced products. They promote growing off one another's ideas rather than gaining knowledge and selfishly hoarding it; even if the idea isn't the most efficient in design or nature.
    The beauty of open-source is that the community gets to shape the product and shape it to what it is supposed to be rather than what a single company or small group of minds THINKS it should be.
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    geraldfryjr , December 7, 2012 1:48 PM
    Pretty soon they will probably get a patent for having re-invented the modern world !!!!


    :/ 
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    Northwestern , December 7, 2012 1:51 PM
    Go back to school Apple, and learn who Nicola Telsa was.
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    tolham , December 7, 2012 2:01 PM
    please deny the patent.
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    Onus , December 7, 2012 2:07 PM
    Medical devices have done this for decades, such as pacemakers that charge through the skin. This is nothing new.
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    sonofliberty08 , December 7, 2012 2:10 PM
    crApples think it invented have sex...... patent the idea...... all your child are illegal!
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