“Three new patent applications from Apple were published this morning by the USPTO that detail various aspects of Apple’s revolutionary I/O technology called Thunderbolt,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple filed many Thunderbolt trademarks in 2011 which opened the question as to who really owned the trademark and technology. The general line of thinking in the market today is that Thunderbolt was developed by Intel and brought to market with technical collaboration from Apple Inc.,” Purcher reports. “Yet beyond filing several Thunderbolt trademarks, today’s multiple detailed patents from Apple would strongly suggest that they’re attempting to secure Thunderbolt related patents. This of course would fly in the face of Apple’s involvement in the development of Thunderbolt as being limited to ‘technical collaboration.'”

Purcher reports, “The good news that emerged from these patents is that Apple is focused on bringing Thunderbolt to iOS devices in the future so as to provide faster data transfers and more importantly, faster recharging.”

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