Apple granted patent for microwave frequency communication system covering a wireless disposable wristband

“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 58 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“In this particular report we cover a surprising invention that relates to communications systems, and more particularly to an autonomous battery-free microwave frequency communication device like an iPhone which can communicate with a wireless disposable wristband, a future iWallet and beyond,” Purcher reports. “Apple introduced their new HealthKit framework at their World Wide Developer Conference in June and we could now see how today’s invention will be able to play a very important role within hospitals and other kinds of medical institutions.”

“A wireless radio frequency tag device according to one embodiment includes a physical article configured for a predetermined purpose, and an autonomous battery-free microwave frequency communication device according to embodiments of the present invention and embedded on the physical article to enhance the predetermined purpose,” Purcher reports. “The physical article may take on any of many different types of formats, such as wristbands, advertisement flyers, cards, etc.”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.


  1. Yes, but these patents were so obvious that anyone could have come up with them. Therefore, they are not entitled to intellectual property protection under the law. At least according to the views of folks like Samsung …and Judge Judy Koh of the US Federal Court system. /s

  2. I like the direction of Apple’s medical related patents!

    I can also see why Apple has been sitting on these technologies until the USPTO moves its indolent, incompetent, bureaucratic buttocks and approves the patents. Thank you USPTO for holding back technological progress with your assorted buffoonery. 😛

    1. That’s quite unlikely to be the reason. Unless they expected them to be rejected, once the patents have been filed there’s little point to withholding an otherwise ready-for-market product.

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