Microsoft reportedly patented an innovation related to foldable gadgets. As reported earlier, Apple in 2016 got a patent for a similar foldable smartphone. The patenting of these innovations predicts the future trend in smartphone gadgets.
The present patent lists Kabir Siddiqui as an inventor, who is also an inventor for Microsoft’s Surface kickstand & Surface Camera Angle. Microsft which bought Nokia’s mobile business in 2014 had quit the business in early 2016. This patent can be seen as a potential return of Microsoft into the smartphone market. Earlier, the Redmond-headquartered tech giant’s Surface Studio design was leaked by a patent filing. The patent filing listed out the exact design of Surface Studio that can be used as a 2-in-1 PC.
The current patent for a foldable smartphone was filed under the name ‘Mobile Computing Device having a Flexible Hinge Structure’ before the USPTO. The device uses flexible hinge structures to secure a plurality of housings to each other and permits continuous viewing area of the display device that extends across the plurality of housings and the flexible hinge structure. The patent with the US application number US20160109908A1 can be accessed here.
As reported earlier, Microsft in 2016 was granted a record number of 2,398 patents, an increase of 22% from 1,956 patents granted in the year 2015.
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