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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Portable Electronic Device and Cover Device Thereof", for Approval

July 23, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors KIM, Han (Gyeonggi-do, KR); SUNG, Won-Kyu (Seoul, KR), filed on January 3, 2014, was made available online on July 10, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates generally to a portable electronic device, and more particularly, to a cover device that covers the portable electronic device.

"Recently, portable electronic devices have been widely distributed and used. These devices allow a user access to various types of information. Types of portable electronic devices include portable terminals, MP3 players, Portable Multimedia Players (PMPs), electronic books, etc. Such a portable electronic device, specifically, a portable terminal commonly referred to as a 'smart phone,' is integrated with various functions such as a photography function, a music play function, a video function, a multimedia function, a game function, a wireless transmitting/receiving function, etc. Such portable terminals are provided with a display device on a front face so that a variety of functions may be accessed. On state-of-the-art portable terminals, the display device is often touch-sensitive and covers the entire front face of the terminal.

"However, portable electronic devices and their exterior cases may be subjected to scratches or damage while in the process of being carried or used. In order to avoid such problems, portable electronic devices are provided with various cases or covers (hereinafter, generally referred to as a 'cover devices'). The existing cover devices generally either cover only the rear case and the exterior edges of the portable electronic device, leaving exposed the display side so as to allow the display device to be used, or cover the entire portable electronic device through a flip-type cover, where the portion of the cover covering display side of the portable electronic device opens and closes allowing the display device to be used when needed. In the first instance, when the cover device exposing the display device is used, it is difficult to prevent occurrences of scratches or damage on the display device. In the second instance, when the flip-type cover is used, it is inconvenient and inefficient for the user to have to open the cover that covers the display device whenever the user wishes to use the display device. Further, such flip-type covers may be easily damaged as a result of the frequent opening and closing of the cover. Additionally, with both types of covers, the display devices are susceptible to damage such as scratches since the displays are exposed to the outside during use."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The present invention has been made to address at least the above problems and/or disadvantages and to provide at least the advantages described below. Accordingly, an aspect of the present invention is to provide a portable electronic device, which allows a display device to be seen even when the display device is covered, and enables the display device to be protected, and a cover device of the portable electronic device.

"Another aspect of the present invention is to provide a portable electronic device, which allows information displayed on a display device to be seen or enables the display device to be used in a state in which the display device is covered, and a cover device for the portable electronic device.

"Still another aspect of the present invention is to provide a portable electronic device, which enables information provided to the display device to be displayed at a position on the display device that is suitable for a cover device that covers the display device, based on the type of the cover device, and a cover device for the portable electronic device.

"Yet another aspect of the present invention is to provide a cover device, which prevents the portable electronic device from being damaged by suppressing frequent ON/OFF operations for viewing a screen of a display device in a state where the display device is covered, and a cover device for the portable electronic device.

"In accordance with an aspect of the present invention, a cover device for a portable electronic device includes a cover unit that covers a screen of a display unit of the portable electronic device in such a manner that at least a portion of the screen remains exposed. When the portable electronic device is covered, the cover unit is connected with the portable electronic device such that information displayed on the screen of the display unit is displayed at a position corresponding to the at least a position of the screen that remains exposed.

"A portable electronic device, according to an aspect of the present invention, includes a body that includes a display unit on a front face, and a connection terminal set on a rear face; a battery cover that covers the rear face of the body; and a front cover part connected to the battery cover to cover the display unit, the front cover part being provided with a screen-viewing part that exposes at least a portion of the screen of the display unit.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The above and other aspects, features, and advantages of the present invention will be more apparent from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

"FIGS. 1A and 1B illustrate a portable electronic device and a cover device provided thereon, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 2 illustrates a cover unit that covers the portable electronic device in FIGS. 1A and 1B, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 3 illustrates the rear side of the portable electronic device and the cover device in FIGS. 1A and 1B, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 4 illustrates the front cover part of the cover device in FIGS. 1A and 1B in a disassembled state, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 5 illustrates a state in which the connector part and the first connection terminal are electrically connected with each other when the rear cover part is covered on the rear face of the portable electronic device in FIG. 3, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIGS. 6A and 6B illustrate a portable electronic device and a cover device provided thereon, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 7 illustrates the front cover part of the cover device in FIGS. 6A and 6Ba in the disassembled state, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 8 illustrates the cover unit that covers the portable electronic device in FIGS. 6A and 6B, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 9 illustrates the connected state between the connection terminal set provided on the rear face of the body in FIGS. 6A and 6B and the connector part of the rear cover part, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 10 illustrates a cover device of a portable electronic device, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 11 illustrates the front cover part of the cover device in FIG. 10 in a disassembled state, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 12 illustrates the cover unit in FIG. 10, according to an embodiment of the present invention; and

"FIG. 13 illustrates the connected state between the connection terminal set provided on the rear face of the body of the portable electronic device in FIG. 10 and the connector parts of the rear cover part of the cover device, according to an embodiment of the present invention."

For additional information on this patent application, see: KIM, Han; SUNG, Won-Kyu. Portable Electronic Device and Cover Device Thereof. Filed January 3, 2014 and posted July 10, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4716&p=95&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140703.PD.&OS=PD/20140703&RS=PD/20140703

Keywords for this news article include: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

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