Today the US Patent and Trademark Office published a series of 23 Samsung design patents covering a wide range of products including an electric oven, cart for an ultrasonic diagnostic equipment, a printer and more. Out of the 24 design patents we one key design patent covering a future tablet which supports a flexible and foldable display.
Unlike "patent applications," design patents published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office don't reveal pertinent information about a particular design. We can look at the design and appreciate it for what it projects, but we'll never discover which materials may be used to construct the design. We'll never know what unique internal components may be hidden within the device or learn about any unique features that we could look forward to. All we get is the simple visual of what could be coming down the pipeline.
Samsung Granted a Design Patent for Tablet with a Flex Display
It's evident that Samsung's design is for a future tablet with a flexible display that could folded over like a text book. The design illustrates the tablet with a reinforced spine. Yet couldn't the design be for a future smartphone too? Yes, in this case it could. Samsung vaguely describes their design as an "electronic device." They don't commit to more specific standard categories such as "mobile terminal, handheld computer, multimedia device, cellular phone, a tablet and others."
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