Yesterday a few interesting design patents were issued to both Samsung and HP by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The HP designs cover an all-new mouse and an email user interface for WebOS. The Samsung design patent on the other hand is a striking design worth noting. It's a completely new design from the ground up and has several unexpected twists. As with all USPTO design patents, there's absolutely no detail to speak of. There's no explanation for design factors or materials being considered or any notable features. It's truly a WYSIWYG design. Yet you won't want to miss out on seeing this new Samsung mystery smartphone design because it's such a departure from previously known designs.
Samsung Granted a Mysterious Smartphone Design Patent
In this Samsung design patent we see some sort of built-in cover with an on switch, a headphone minijack and micro USB port – but that's it. There's no physical volume buttons, no SIM slot, no speakers and no camera or flash on the backside.
Samsung's Futuristic Smartphone Could Dock with Tablet
The new Samsung mystery design, as illustrated below, is shown to be dockable with a future tablet for charging much like the ASUS Padfone 2.
Yesterday, Samsung was granted design patent number D685,774 for "Terminal for wireless communication" as noted in the illustrations above. The design was originally filed for in Q2 2012 in the US and in early Q1 2012 in Korea.
HP Granted a Design Patent for a New Computer Mouse
Yesterday, HP was granted design patent number D685,791 for a computer mouse as noted above in their patent figures.
HP-Palm Granted a Design Patent for WebOS Email User Interface
HP Palm was granted design patent number D685,811for WebOS Email U as note above in patent figure 1.
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