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Patent Application Titled "Mobile Terminal and Inner Frame Provided Therein" Published Online

July 3, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Shin, Dongho (Seoul, KR); Lee, Byunghwa (Seoul, KR), filed on March 15, 2013, was made available online on June 19, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to a mobile terminal that is able to prevent failure in proper combination of elements that might be deformed when an external shock is applied to a corner of a mobile terminal, and an inner frame provided in a case of the mobile terminal.

"A mobile terminal is a device which may be configured to perform various functions. Examples of such functions include data and voice communications, capturing images and video via a camera, recording audio, playing music files and outputting music via a speaker system, and displaying images and video on a display. Some terminals include additional functionality which supports game playing, while other terminals are also configured as multimedia players. More recently, mobile terminals have been configured to receive broadcast and multicast signals which permit viewing of contents, such as videos and television programs.

"Generally, terminals can be classified into mobile terminals and stationary terminals according to their degree (e.g., ease) of mobility. Further, the mobile terminals can be further classified into handheld terminals and vehicle mount terminals according to the manner of portability.

"There are ongoing efforts to support and increase the functionality of mobile terminals. Such efforts include software and hardware improvements, as well as changes and improvements in the structural components which form the mobile terminal.

"If a corner of such the mobile terminal is dropped to the floor prior to the other part of the mobile terminal, the corner of the mobile terminal might be immensely shocked. A case of the mobile terminal is typically formed of synthetic resin and a corner of the case might be deformed by the shock. In case the corner of the case is deformed, the case of the mobile terminal might not be combined completely only to deteriorate durability and complicity of the mobile terminal disadvantageously.

"To solve such a disadvantage, the thickness of the corner of the case is increased or an auxiliary rib is formed in the corner of the case in the conventional mobile terminal.

"However, as the thickness of the corner possessed by the case is increased, an overall thickness of a mobile terminal provided with the corner would be increased. Accordingly, it is restricted in a mobile terminal having a slim design to increase the thickness of a corner formed in a case of the mobile terminal to prevent the deformation of the corner. In addition, such a rib is formed of synthetic resin like a conventional case provided in the conventional mobile terminal. The rib formed of the synthetic rib has a weak rigidity and deformation of a corner still occurs disadvantageously."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Accordingly, embodiments of the present invention are directed to a mobile terminal and a method of controlling the mobile terminal that substantially obviate one or more problems due to limitations and disadvantages of the related art.

"The present invention is directed to a mobile terminal that substantially obviates one or more problems due to limitations and disadvantages of the related art. An object of the present invention is to provide a mobile terminal that includes a case having a structure capable of making up for the strength of a corner thereof, using an inner frame formed of a material having a high rigidity that is mounted in the case.

"Additional advantages, objects, and features of the invention will be set forth in part in the description which follows and in part will become apparent to those having ordinary skill in the art upon examination of the following or may be learned from practice of the invention. The objectives and other advantages of the invention may be realized and attained by the structure particularly pointed out in the written description and claims hereof as well as the appended drawings.

"To achieve these objects and other advantages and in accordance with the purpose of the invention, as embodied and broadly described herein, a mobile terminal includes a case configured to define an exterior appearance of the mobile terminal; an opening formed at least one corner of the case; and an inner frame provided in the case, the inner frame comprising at least one corner end exposed outside the case via the opening.

"In another aspect of the present invention, an inner frame provided in a case of a mobile terminal includes a flat-plate-shaped panel coupled to the case; and a corner sidewall formed along an edge of at least one corner of the panel, wherein an outer surface of the corner sidewall is exposed outside the case of the mobile terminal.

"Effects and/or advantages obtainable from the present invention are non-limited the above mentioned effect. And, other unmentioned effects and/or advantages can be clearly understood from the following description by those having ordinary skill in the technical field to which the present invention pertains.

"It is to be understood that both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments of the present invention are exemplary and explanatory and are intended to provide further explanation of the invention as claimed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The accompanying drawings, which are included to provide further understanding of the invention and are incorporated in and constitute a part of this application, illustrate embodiment(s) of the invention and together with the description serve to explain the principle of the invention. The above and other aspects, features, and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent upon consideration of the following description of various embodiments, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing figures. In the drawings:

"FIG. 1 is a front perspective diagram of a mobile terminal according to the embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 2 is a rear perspective diagram of a mobile terminal according to one embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 3 is a perspective diagram of a mobile terminal according to one embodiment of the present invention, in which a backside cover detached from a backside of the mobile terminal is shown;

"FIG. 4 is a sectional diagram of a body of the mobile terminal according to the embodiment shown in FIG. 3, cut-away along A-A';

"FIG. 5 is a rear perspective diagram illustrating a body of a mobile terminal according to another embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 6 is a plane diagram of an inner frame provided in the mobile terminal according to one embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 7 is an exploded perspective view of a front case, an inner frame and a rear case cut-away from the mobile terminal according to one embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 8 is a sectional diagram illustrating the body of the mobile terminal according to the embodiment shown in FIG. 7, cut-away along A-A' shown in FIG. 3;

"FIG. 9 is an exploded perspective diagram of a front case, an inner frame, a side bezel and a rear case cut-way from a mobile terminal according to a further embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 10 is an exploded perspective diagram of a front case, an inner frame, a side bezel and a rear case provided in a mobile terminal according to a still further embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 11 is a sectional diagram of a body to which a back cover of the mobile terminal according to one embodiment is coupled, cut-away along A-A' shown in FIG. 3;

"FIG. 12 is a perspective diagram of the back cover provided in the mobile terminal according to one embodiment of the present invention; and

"FIG. 13 is a perspective diagram of a back cover provided in the mobile terminal according to another embodiment of the present invention."

For more information, see this patent application: Shin, Dongho; Lee, Byunghwa. Mobile Terminal and Inner Frame Provided Therein. Filed March 15, 2013 and posted June 19, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2515&p=51&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140612.PD.&OS=PD/20140612&RS=PD/20140612

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