Yesterday, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung 19 design patents covering four for battery designs, three for mobile communication terminals, two for notebooks and many more. The designs that particularly stood out yesterday included one for an all-new compact TV remote controller and another two that could be considered controversial designs that on the surface blatantly copy known Apple patents.
Samsung Granted a Design Patent for an All-New TV Remote Controller
The US Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung design patent number D686,195 for an all-new compact TV remote controller. Design patents never provide meaningful details about a design, its materials or its intended design features that would make it unique in any way. All you get is a series of patent figures which we share with you below.
I'll take a wild guess and say that that the remote covers a touch surface that will pull up various controls for users to manipulate such as channel, volume and inputs.
Samsung's design patent was originally filed in the US in August 2012 and in Korea in June 2012.
Samsung Granted Two Design Patents that Basically Mirror Apple Patented Products
The US Patent and Trademark Office also granted Samsung design patents D686,201 for a "Desktop Computer" that mirrors Apple's Mac mini and design patent number D686,219 that mirrors Apple's Spiral UI patent granted to them in 2012. Samsung's noted patent figure below in fact shows a Spiral UI.
This doesn't necessarily mean that the two tech giants will square off against each other in court over these designs, but then again: one should "never say never."
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Report Update 7:20 PM MST: below is another user interface centric design patent
figure from design patent D686,220.
The Full List of Samsung's Granted Patents this Week