The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent for an inductive charging dock and more.
Apple Granted a Patent for an Inductive Charging Dock
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to methods and systems for selecting one or more docking functions from a plurality of docking functions based on a physical orientation of a user device. A user device may be coupled ("docked") to a docking device. A docking device may include a surface upon which a user device may be placed (e.g., docked). In some embodiments, the surface may be configured to inductively charge the user device when the user device is placed on the surface.
A docking device may include, for example, processing equipment, input/output (I/O) interfaces, memory, a power supply, any other suitable components, or any combination thereof. A docking device may be configured to charge a user device, act as a conduit in the transfer of data between the user device and a host device, synchronize data with the user device, transfer data with the user device (e.g., upload, download), run diagnostics for the user device, synchronize data between more than user devices, perform any other suitable docking function for a user device placed on the surface, or any combination thereof. One or more docking functions may be selected, performed, or both, by the docking device depending on a physical orientation of the user device on the surface.
We originally covered this patent in depth back in September 2012 under the title "Apple Reveals In-Depth Inductive Charging Dock." You can review that report for more of an overview with lots of patent graphics.
In the bigger picture, the preferred wireless charging system from Apple would be the one based on Near Field Magnetic Resonance that they first revealed back in November 2012. That invention was later granted to Apple in December 2013.
Apple credits Jorge Fino as the sole inventor of today's granted patent 8,645,604 which was originally filed in Q1 2011.
Apple Granted a Major Multi-Touch Related Patent
One of the other granted patents worth noting today covers Apple's Multi-Touch under the title "Touch Event Model." Apple's granted patent 8,645,827 covers 40 detailed patent claims. Multi-Touch was one of the key features of the original iPhone. Whether Apple will use this in any legal cases in the future is unknown at this time.
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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