7 curious patents that could become reality – see what the major manufacturers might be working on
0. phoneArena 28 Mar 2014, 10:30 posted on
If you are curious to know what the major smartphone manufacturers might have in tow for us, look no further than the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). These companies usually file a number of patent applications each week and the USPTO is the institution that has to grant them these patents. If you delve a little deeper, you might easily uncover some rather interesting patents and blueprints, which represent some avant-garde technologies, ideas, and concepts. Still, a big portion of these will forever remain only reference designs, but there are some that might actually see the light of day and enter mass production...
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1. Augustine (Posts: 676; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Firstly, patent filings do not necessarily reflect what companies are working on. Many technology companies encourage engineers to patent their ideas with the goal of increasing quantity, not quality, of the portfolio, so that it can be used in broad patent agreements with other companies.
Secondly, this list shows a lot of what's wrong with the patent system, especially,but not exclusively, in the US. Most of these filings are variations on existing themes, like rounded squares. Nothing is really being innovated, just slightly rehashed, patented, repeat. As it is, the patent system inhibits true innovation, for small companies may file a truly innovative patent, but, lacking funds to defend it in court, it's the same as not having any patent at all.
In other words, the PTO is merely an enabler of corporatism, a racket to protect corporations from competition and to favor large ones over small ones, or in proportion to their campaign contributions, at the expense of the consumer and citizen.
6. techperson211 (Posts: 510; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
Because they want to be ahead of every country in terms if technology. That's one of the reason for this patent B.S.
3. hemedans (Posts: 111; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)
bending and tilt its not new nokia already has prototype which work well with it.
and its not about launch apps only, you can navigate, zoom in and out
also nokia is the first one to work on solar phone and rumors this year lumia 1525 will have solar screen
4. Slammer (Posts: 979; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
What ever happened to actually working hard to get a possible patent? All I see are drawings. What about working embodiments? Conceptual artistry should be accompanied by a culminated product for demonstration.
5. PBXtech (Posts: 970; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
That, and first to build should be brought back. The first to conceptualize has ruined the system as patent trolling companies spring up from that change.