Today the US Patent and Trademark Office granted LG a design patent for a mobile phone. Yet the twist to it is that the design is for a smartwatch. So obviously LG has something new up their sleeve relating to a future hybrid wearable device. With a very large interface, it appears that it's going to promote video conferencing.
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.
LG's design patent win is a classic case. LG doesn't describe this as a smartwatch but rather a mobile phone. Yet we have no detailing of the circuitry to support its phone claim whatsoever. Below are the most distinguished patent figures covering LG's latest design patent win.
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