Samsung was granted a pair of design patents this by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office week relating to a new smartphone feature. The new design is a bit of a mystery. It has a massive feature that is likely a camera but it might be a first-of-a-kind mega speaker. Because the design or material within the cavity has two designs, it's probably indicating that it's a speaker. Beyond the main feature, the sides of the phone appear to be button free as well. Will this feature surface in the next few years or will it die along with most design patents? Only time will tell.
Unfortunately, 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.
This week's design patents relating to a new smartphone feature are classic examples of how insane it is to grant a company a design patent without any detailing described.
Samsung Design Patents for a New Smartphone Feature
Alternative Material used in Back Side Feature
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