Apple's Plan To Wirelessly Charge Devices
Apple has been awarded a patent which could eventually see some of its devices being charged completely wirelessly.
The US Patents and Trademark Office has officially granted patent number 8,796,885, called "combining power from multiple resonance magnetic receivers in resonance magnetic power system".
It describes a technique to utilise a technology known as near-field magnetic resonance (NFMR).
Trace amounts of electricity would be transmitted by a main unit - such as a computer - and received by small pods inside various devices.
The system could one day replace conventional batteries by giving a constant supply of power to devices.
It is aimed at keyboards and other computer accessories - which require relatively low power - rather than items like iPhones and iPads.
Meanwhile Samsung and Apple have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the US, following three years of legal battles.
The world's biggest smartphone makers say they will continue to pursue existing cases in US courts.
Lawsuits and other legal actions by Samsung and Apple will come to an end in countries including Germany, England, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, South Korea, Japan and Australia.
Patent cases in the US come with larger financial awards for damages than other countries.
In May, a California jury awarded Apple $119m (£70.5m) in a patent battle with Samsung.
The same jury also ordered Apple to pay $158,400 (£92,940) to Samsung after finding that Apple had infringed one of Samsung's patents in creating the iPhone 4 and 5.
In a separate 2012 jury verdict, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $930m (£551m). The South Korean company has appealed.
The series of court cases began in April 2011 when Apple accused Samsung, the maker of Galaxy phones, of copying the iPhone.
Samsung responded by accusing Apple of stealing its mobile technology.