Today the US Patent and Trademark Office granted new design patents for both Google and Motorola. Google received a granted patent for their Google Glass design with built-in (or optional) ear buds. Motorola on the other hand was granted a patent for the Atrix TV smartphone with a new backside button.
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.
Google Glass with Built-in Ear Buds Granted a Patent
Google applied for a patent regarding customization options for Glass back in 2012 and we reported on it when it went public in July 2013. Our 2013 report illustrated a few future attachment options for Glass that Google is contemplating with one of them being for ear buds.
Today's design patent is just for Google Glass with ear buds. The design patent doesn't illustrate them as being detachable, but design patents are anything but clear. For now, I'd rely on the information from the 2013 report where the ear buds are optional.
Is this Design a Resurrected Motorola Atrix TV?
The history of this design would indicate that it's the Motorola Atrix TV smartphone. Yet interestingly it carries a new button on the right backside which makes this an oddball. The filing date is noted as being June 2012 while it was granted today January 21, 2014 by the US Patent Office.
The Atrix line appears to have died off if you go by Motorola's website – and it's likely to remain that way. However, there's a slim chance that this updated design could make a comeback if TV is a market that they want to emphasize later this year. Only time will tell.
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