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Apple (AAPL) has been granted 28 new patents by the USPTO. One covers a solution for a wireless...

Apple (AAPL) has been granted 28 new patents by the USPTO. One covers a solution for a wireless charging dock for handheld devices, while another discusses a means for reducing interference when a device is docked. There's also a patent covering the fairly obvious "innovation" of scrolling down a list with a finger swipe - it can probably be asserted against any other smartphone maker, and amounts to fresh ammo for patent system critics.
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  • User 575346
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    The inductive charging block is a loosely coupled transformer and is not a new and novel way to charge batteries through inductive coupling as there are several other instances i can think of prior to this.
    27 Jun 2012, 12:31 PM Reply Like
  • sawchain
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    Swiping a finger over a list to scroll was so obvious no one did it. The revolutionary thing about the iPhone's UI was that it allowed you to interact with screen elements in a physically metaphorical way; like the rubber band snap-back when scrolling too far.


    The author of this market current only thinks this functionality is obvious because Apple did it. Had they not done it, it wouldn't be considered obvious.
    27 Jun 2012, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • evannever
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    People act like the user experience of an iPhone was some kind of inevitable progression floating around in the ether... Like, HTC, Google, and Samsung have the collective right to mine Apple's innovations to sell their copies.
    27 Jun 2012, 04:10 PM Reply Like
  • johnofarizonaoregon
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    Apple's innovations seem "obvious" because they are so elegant. Like the best proof to a geometric or mathematical theorem ... the best proof is the simplest and most elegant. But it takes a lot of work and thought to arrive at the result.


    Apple deserves the patents and the credit for the innovative work and creative brilliance.
    27 Jun 2012, 03:42 PM Reply Like
  • pressure sensor
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    why did apple attempt to defend their innovations before they obtained these patents? Now that some negative decisions have been handed down will they be able to revisit those cases?
    27 Jun 2012, 05:47 PM Reply Like
  • sawchain
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    SA, if you're going to write opinions in these market currents, please include the author's name.
    28 Jun 2012, 10:44 AM Reply Like
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