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Samsung patent application could show off the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung patent application could show off the Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung has hinted that the next iteration of its phablet would offer a new form factor. Could the images in a new Samsung patent application belong to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Recent speculation has the device carrying a flexible YOUM screen, with wraparound sides. And sure enough, the image of the unique looking phone in the patent application includes two wraparound sides.

Diagrams of this new phone show a device with a rounded frame, and a wrap around display that allows for some app icons to be placed on the back of the phone. The only problem is that this design concept looks very much like one that Apple filed with the USPTO back in 2011. The Cupertino based tech giant actually received a patent on the design earlier this year. Are Apple and Samsung destined to fight more patent disputes in court?

You can take a gander of what could be an early look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, by checking out the slideshow below.


source: GalaxyClub (translated) via BGR

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posted on 23 Apr 2014, 01:50 12

1. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Truly innovative. Kudos to Samsung as no chance for Apple to win the competition.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 01:57 1

4. o0Exia0o (Posts: 895; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


"Truly innovative. Kudos to Samsung as no chance for Apple to win the competition"

Except for the fact that if you read the article it states (and I quote) "The only problem is that this design concept looks very much like one that Apple filed with the USPTO back in 2011. The Cupertino based tech giant actually received a patent on the design earlier this year."

Then we can assume that if Samsung were to use this design that there would be a patent trial over it.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 02:42 7

17. maherk (Posts: 3420; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Apple has tons of patents for products that doesn't even have a slight chance of ever being produced. Just because they have a patent doesn't mean they are the first to do it. However, when someone is the 1st to build something and prove that he is worthy the patent then I can call that innovation.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 03:02 1

19. o0Exia0o (Posts: 895; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Thats where I disagree, Apple uses most of the patents that they recieve from USPTO. Most of them may not be used in their products, but they are used in courts to supress the competition from surpassing them.

And by your logic no one would be able to make mobile phones at all because Motorola did it first so they should have full control over all things mobile.

Anyone can apply for a patent through the USPTO regardless of if the ever intend to to make or use the patent in a product or not. This is the problem with US patent laws.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 03:13 8

20. maherk (Posts: 3420; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


You lost your argument when you brought up USPTO. We all know what kinda patents they granted to Apple. We don't live in a cave, everyone read lots of articles about ridiculous patents that Apple would never ever implement just for the sake of using it in future lawsuits. Just like they applied last year for a patent regarding the notification center that was found in Android for almost 5 years now!!

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 03:22

21. o0Exia0o (Posts: 895; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


And suppose they are granted that patent, what do you think that they will do with it? They would never use it to sue Google because Android uses a notification center, right? Please come out from under your rock and join the rest of us it the sun for a while.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 03:42 3

22. maherk (Posts: 3420; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Then can you please tell me why would they need to patent something others created couple of years ago? Patents are found to prevent others from stealing your inventions, and mostly used in law suits. I guess you're the ome who should come out from that rock and read more about the law suit Apple filed against Samsung, for a stolen inventions from Google that Apple patented.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 06:17

26. o0Exia0o (Posts: 895; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


As SuperMaoriBro stated, the laws and policies that the US and the USPTO use are FLAWED.

The way that it works here in the US is say you invent something, you decide that because it is so helpful/ useful to everyone and you are not worried about making any monetary profit off of what you invented so you decide not to patent it so that multiple manufactures can make the product because you are a good guy. Then I see your products potential for big monetary returns for little effort, in a realization that you have not patented or applied for a patent I then take your product sketch a rough blue print of it and send it off to the USPTO offices and I receive a patent for your product. I then have the right under current US patent laws to sue the pants off of you and any one else producing your product. This is all made possible because you were a good guy and did not patent your product. That is how the current patent laws in the US work for big corporations, not for the inventor of products and that’s what Apple will do to Google/ Android manufactures if they receive the patent for the notification center. Do your research before picking a fight buddy.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 05:13 1

24. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 522; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


The patent system is flawed, so is the court system. Wish it could be dealt with in a more common sense type of manner.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:11 3

30. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


That's it. Apple gained patents for lawsuits purpose only, therefore no inventions were made by Apple. iPorn is no exception.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 15:11

34. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3782; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


You do realize that's not what the patent system's purpose was don't you? Patents are there to protect the inventor so they can bring the IP to market, not use it as a way to keep others from doing so.

What would happen if someone had a patent for a cancer AIDS, but only used it to keep others from coming to market with it? Maybe because the drugs they currently have, while not curing AIDS, make it more manageable and in turn keep them coming back which means more money. But would it be ethical or legal?

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 04:57 2

23. D79_D79_ (Posts: 38; Member since: 19 Feb 2014)


Loool ifan can keep dreaming while android or samsung fans have future proof phones being made all the time.

Good luck with your limited icrap lool

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 02:37 4

16. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Sony fans waiting for this year's Z3 should be a little worried by now.

Spoilers: Galaxy Note 4 + i Phone 6 + LG G3

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 01:54 7

2. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Samsung made makes and will make fun of apple with every innovation they come up with.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 01:54 3

3. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


"looks very much like one that Apple filed with the USPTO back in 2011," is that a surprise : http://www.thegeekyglobe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Apple-Samsung-logo-funny.jpg

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 02:07 9

9. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Apple is only good to file patents...the never implement it...
They wait for others to implement it...Then they sue...

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 02:10 2

10. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


This is how corporations in the US make money these days.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 02:18 13

12. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


Samsung has the technology to actualy make this phone. Apple will have to buy the components like the Youm display to make it. Patents should be granted only to companies that can actualy produce a working prototype.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 02:35 5

15. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


+1 for you

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 05:53

25. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3714; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I already saw that and that's very funny :) but Samsung is a very old company.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 01:58

5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


From the drawings, it's a little unclear to me how having part of the screen on the backside of the phone where you can't see it is going to be useful.

I think there was an image of a phone with the slanted parts of the screen on the front of the phone. That seems more promising, even if the view angles of the slanted screen parts are still quite compromised.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 01:58

6. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 897; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


That design is elegant, unlike many Galaxies.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 02:00

7. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


"You can take a gander of what could
be an early look at the Samsung
Galaxy S4"
well I had a early at s4 a year ago...

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 02:01

8. o0Exia0o (Posts: 895; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Is it just me or do the first 3 pictures remind anyone else of the shape of a Nokia Lumia (except for the wrap around screen)?

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 02:33

14. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


If it actually has a flexible display on it and the form of the first 3 pics it will look better than the contemporary Lumia design so don't worry.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 02:44

18. maherk (Posts: 3420; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


no, it is just you

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 02:18

11. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


I bet Samsung will say " we'll show you that for the same design, we still beat you in sales " , " see you in court "....

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 02:27

13. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Hope the YOUM display thing is true... Otherwise the age of false Galaxy rumors begins...

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 07:08 2

27. Fellwalker (Posts: 305; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


Why would I want this? I pull the phone from my pocket using the sides. I'll end up opening an app or sending an email or tweet!

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 08:16

28. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2249; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I like that new form factor.. Something new!

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 08:51

29. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


The samsung phone I've been waiting for! It was worth the wait.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 10:27

31. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Oh god, please just...no

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 12:56

32. mmmanuuu (Posts: 400; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Samsung says this samsung says that and then they release the same goddamn curvy phone just like S1 and then justify themselves saying they cant change the design just like that or some material shortage s**t.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 13:19 1

33. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)


God I hope thats fake

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