In late March Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung's newly Granted Design Patents Suggest the Company is eying the Smart Drone Market." Both Apple and Samsung have shown an interest in drones to a certain degree. It's definitely a great avenue for their respective machine-learning teams to experiment with in regards to the autonomous vehicle market.
In March Samsung was granted two design patents for a drone and yesterday Samsung was granted their third design patent for the very same drone to make sure that every designed angle and exterior component of the drone is patented.
It would appear to be a sign that their interest in adding a drone accessory for their Galaxy devices may have just been seriously elevated. Below are eight images from their third granted design patent.
Samsung wins Design Patent for a 'Drone'
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 are simple patent figure visuals of what could be coming down the pipeline like the figures above.
In the last patent figure there is clearly some kind of wing guard attached to the propeller arms and yet there's no official word about this feature.
Suffice to say that three design patents for the same drone is making sure that every angle and every component has been granted a design patent. Will this be one of Samsung's future Galaxy device accessories? Only time will tell.
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