Apple receives two patents including one for a handset with a flexible display

Apple receives two patents including one for a handset with a flexible display
Apple has received a pair of patents from the USPTO for mobile devices including one with an augmented reality display. The patented technology allows a digital display made up of one or more touch screens, to be placed over a screen showing real-life images. Similar to other augmented reality devices, the user will get to see information about real-life places and things in the user's environment. For example, at a museum, the screen could show information about a painting that the user is looking at through the device.

The patent, called "Transparent electronic device," was filed in November 2014. It is U.S. Patent No. 9,367,093 and credit is given to Aleksandar Pance as inventor.

A second patent awarded to Apple, U.S. Patent No. 9,367,095, was handed out for an "Electronic device with wrap around display." The device offers a huge AMOLED screen on a compact handset. Like phones being worked on by Lenovo and Samsung, this display is flexible and can wrap around the entire handset. Face tracking technology is employed so that the phone knows exactly what part of the screen the user is looking at.

Like the other patent, multiple layers of screens are used, this time to create a 3D effect. This patent was originally filed in April 2015, and Scott A. Myers is named as the inventor.

source: USPTO (1), (2) via AppleInsider



1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Anybody else think that mock up looks like something a twelve year old drew?

4. Unordinary unregistered

Didnt know phone screens are the shape of a kitchen plate. What else is it supposed to look like, sir?

5. brasstax

Posts: 542; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Knowing Apple, i guess tie loyalists might get their hands on a wraparound display by 2050.... like a gazillion years after other manufacturers have done the same.... but hey... Apple just gets it done right and it just works... right : P

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they'll never make this.. they only use this patent to suing other manufacturer that have capabilities to make it, lol

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The thing about this patent is that it allow Apple to sue those phone manufacturer that manufacture phone with flexible display. Do seem like a preemptive strike against company like Samsung and LG that do have to means to invent and manufacture flexible display. So its just another inevitable irony of American politic.

14. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

yeah, they quickly registered a patent even if phones with flexible display are already showing, plus that the are unable to produce such, they need to buy parts made by other companies.. After that they claim innovation.. such a shame when you see people supporting such companies.

15. ph00ny

Posts: 2033; Member since: May 26, 2011

You've pretty much summed it up nicely

6. brasstax

Posts: 542; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Oops i meant their loyalists...

8. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

How would you even hold that rap a round thing. And talk about breaking

12. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I simply don't understand why they can get a patent on devices that more or less already has been thought of or done.....

13. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Because that's not how IP rights work. Patent protection was put into place to protect Intellectual Properties from other entities, regardless of if there are functional products/prototypes or not.

16. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

That law should be changed. Patent shouldn't be granted just on the basis of idea, need some functional product or prototype before they get it. Patent shouldn't be granted for generic things like shape of the phone common names. Not just Apple, if you read articles on the internet, you'll see many ridiculous patents and copyrights, it looks like some toddler from kindergarten made those law. Patent should be protecting technologies and innovation, now its doing opposite because of stupid law. You do hard work and made some innovative product but someone has already patented it and you can't benifit from your innovation. Sorry for going a bit offtopic.

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