7 curious patents that could become reality – see what the major manufacturers might be working on

7 curious patents that could become reality – see what the major manufacturers might be working on
If you are curious to know what the major mobile manufacturers might have in tow for us, look no further than the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The 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 avant-garde technologies, ideas, and concepts. Still, a big portion of these will forever remain only reference designs, but there are some that will actually see the light of day and enter mass production.

Indeed, taking a peek at the patent applications and the conceptual blueprints might actually reveal a lot of things. You might, for example, notice a reference design for the exterior of an upcoming smartphone, take a glimpse at its ingenious and unorthodox user interface, or even spot a smart gadget that you might wear on your head some day.

In this line of thought, our curiosity made us take a sneak peek at some of the patent applications, recently filed with the USPTO. We managed to detect some rather interesting ones and although we can't cover all of them for you, we will try to distunguish some of the more compelling patents in the gallery below.


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6 Comments

1. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

2. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

So true

6. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 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: 759; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

bending and tilt its not new nokia already has prototype which work well with it. http://www.cnet.com/news/nokia-r-d-dreams-up-mind-bending-tech and its not about launch apps only, you can navigate, zoom in and out http://m.phys.org/news/2011-10-nokia-prototype-video.html also nokia is the first one to work on solar phone and rumors this year lumia 1525 will have solar screen

4. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 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. John B.

5. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

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