Samsung infringing? Apple granted U.S. patent for proximity-based wireless data transfers between iOS devices, Macs

“An Apple patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday describes a portable media carrier that can transfer files and documents to a computer, or any recipient device with a display, after said computer senses the device is near,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“While not specifically mentioned in the patent language, any iOS device can be used as the ‘media carrier,’ as each is of necessary portability and can host the various type of media described, such as photos, video, music and handwritten drawings,” Campbell reports. “The system is almost completely automated. The host device, being the portable unit, is detected by a second device and initiates a media transfer if it is determined that such an action is desirable. The receiving unit, being a computer or non-handheld device, then inserts the media into an open document window, such as an email message.”

Campbell reports, “To activate the transfer, the patent calls on near field communications (NFC), Bluetooth, a camera or other sensor that can detect the proximity of a portable device in relation to a computer. Once a threshold distance is breached, the system determines that a file transfer is desirable. The patent even notes that even a momentary touch between the devices can be used to trigger the function.”

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“Apple has been razzed for a while now for not having a technology for the iPhone that is similar to Samsung’s Beam that lets users share large files from one smartphone to another using NFC,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “Apple’s newly granted patent provides such an interactions and so much more.”

“Apple had the technology mapped out in January 2010, or about 30 months prior to Samsung’s public release of this feature for the Galaxy SIII,” Purcher reports. “Apple credits Douglas Weber as the sole inventor of this granted patent that was issued today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Considering that the patent was originally filed in January 2010, it would mean that the application must have been made public in early to mid-2011. Translation: it would appear that Samsung may have ‘quickly’ copied Apple’s idea and brought it to market faster. So on paper at least, this would still appear to be a typical Samsung copycat move to me.”

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  1. Ok, so in 2023 or 2033, the courts in the USA may or may not protect this Apple patent.

    I can’t iCal that. It is more like a things to do list. I assume that there is an app for that.

    1. the government and courts system does not defend home grown USA IP / licensing / patents — nothing like korea does

      why – is this the weakness in democracy?
      – waiting benefits asia finically (two american OS) one free
      – losing in our countries courts only expresses a weak system
      – justice is a dream

      Android needs to be killed for more reasons other than stealing – it is an under ground railway for US dollars to slip out of this country – keep it American – keep it made here – build this country back up – stop selling everything off to asia – it is obvious what is happening and the reverse will never happen in return… national disasters and funds raised to help them – but never in return

    1. Slamdung will always be slamdung

      what needs to be attacked is Android. slamdung merely designed hardware mostly to match or appear and mimic Apple — since Android granted them FREELY to get there easier.

      1. All mobile operating systems which use gesture control, virtual keyboards, siri like search, include music players, video players, photo collections, camera and with app stores purchases… ALL within a modern smartphone – 3 devices in 1 !!!! As the late, Mr. Jobs introduced; are COPYCAT systems and should not even be allowed.

        Please, for the programmers new mobile OS – find your own way to be smart – not to be inspired how Apple did their system. Start over.

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