Flexible displays for mobile devices, is one of the next big things, that will transform the way we use our handsets. Whenever they become good enough, and cheap enough for everyday use in our daily life.
A lot of R&D money is being spent on flexible displays every day, a lot of genuine inventions and IP created around them, and a lot of patents to protect the investments are being filed.
But, with the patent system being what it is, and with stupid patents, for stupid obvious things issued to every patent troll who asks, and then used to extort money from legit businesses, it never hurts to think a bit ahead. Into such obvious things, like how flexible displays might be used, when they become available.
And, while others are busy imagining, drawing and presenting us the concepts of how our flexible gadgets might look in the future, why not just patent every use case you can think of, right now?
Well, it seems that LG just went, and did exactly that, with their “Mobile terminal using flexible display and method of controlling the mobile terminal” patent application.
Here some flexible mobile terminal ideas, described in a patent app:
Well, it is just a patent application. LG is genuinely involved in flexible display R&D, with some concrete results to prove it. And others are filing patents for their flexible gadgets too. So this might be a defensive move by LG, in case some patent troll comes along at a later date. Or to negotiate patent cross-license deals for stuff Nokia, Samsung, Motorola and Apple have in their patent portfolios.
Still, it’s a bit scary. If these patents are granted, does this mean that LG or others, will have a claim on all of those novel, but pretty obvious form factors, and device operation methods, that are described in their patent apps?
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