Microsoft files patent for secondary low-power smartphone display

By Shawn Knight
Apr 23, 2012
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  1. Those who feel that Microsoft's most innovative days are behind them might want to reconsider that opinion as a string of recent patent applications suggest otherwise. The latest idea from...

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  2. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    I did have one of those phones with a little display on the outside of the clam shell, and it was really nice. You could see who was calling right away or some little blurb of info.
  3. That's ridiculous. If there's evidence of previous art, there's no way any company can honor such a patent. Maybe I should patent a "surface that presents visual representation of physical world" or "device that produces sounds by means of electromagnetic wave" or "input device that uses an arrangement of buttons on a flat surface"? How much money would be in it for me?
  4. I'm fed up with all these patents. It's time for a revolution! Time to revolt! Ohh...wait no we can't, MS already has a patent for revolting.
  5. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,906   +954

    I guess that makes using a case out of the question.
  6. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Guru Posts: 469   +97

    Guests are straight up cra cra. First guest needs to realize, a 2nd display on the reverse side of a smartphone is unique and whoever comes up with that idea needs to be credited. 2nd Guest has become cynical about the patent system. Although somewhat justified, the alternative is not having a patent system.

    Not really. Its the corner and the sides that really need the protection. You'd have the same cases except screen cutouts on both sides.
  7. Cool, now both sides of the phone can get scratched.

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