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"Mobile Device Including a Flexible Display Device and Method of Operating the Same" in Patent Application Approval Process

August 28, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- A patent application by the inventors Lee, Yong-Joon (Yongin-City, KR); Lee, Woo-Jong (Yongin-City, KR), filed on January 27, 2014, was made available online on August 14, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to Samsung Display Co., Ltd.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Example embodiments relate generally to an electronic device.

"Recently, as studies on flexible display devices are actively performed, a flexible touch-screen having a flexible display device and a touch sensor device has come into the spotlight in a manufacture field of electronic devices. When the flexible touch-screen is applied to any mobile device such as a smart-phone, a smart-pad, a laptop, etc., a shape of the mobile device can depart from conventional shapes of the mobile device (e.g., rectangular, rectangular having rounded edges, rectangular having streamlined sides, etc.). Thus, the mobile device having new shapes may provide various user interfaces to users."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Some example embodiments provide a mobile device capable of providing various user interfaces to users based on a flexible touch-screen having an external touch-screen region, an internal foldable touch-screen region, and a curved-surface touch-screen region that is placed between the external touch-screen region and the internal foldable touch-screen region (i.e., the curved-surface touch-screen region couples the external touch-screen region and the internal foldable touch-screen region).

"Some example embodiments provide a method of operating a mobile device capable of providing various user interfaces to users based on a flexible touch-screen (e.g., of a mobile device) having an external touch-screen region, an internal foldable touch-screen region, and a curved-surface touch-screen region that is placed between the external touch-screen region and the internal foldable touch-screen region (i.e., the curved-surface touch-screen region couples the external touch-screen region and the internal foldable touch-screen region).

"According to some example embodiments, a mobile device may include a touch-screen having an external touch-screen region, an internal foldable touch-screen region, and a curved-surface touch-screen region that couples the external touch-screen region and the internal foldable touch-screen region, and a body to which the touch-screen is attached, wherein the device is configured to move at least one icon corresponding to at least one executing application program to the curved-surface touch-screen region in response to a folding angle of the internal foldable touch-screen region when a folding operation of the internal foldable touch-screen region is performed.

"The touch-screen may include a flexible touch-screen including a flexible display device and a touch sensor device.

"The body may include a flexible material, wherein the body may be configured to support the folding operation of the internal foldable touch-screen region.

"The body may include a non-flexible material, wherein the body includes a hinge configured to support the folding operation of the internal foldable touch-screen region.

"The internal foldable touch-screen region may include a first internal touch-screen region and a second internal touch-screen region, wherein the first internal touch-screen region and the second internal touch-screen region may be physically coupled.

"The internal foldable touch-screen region may include a first internal touch-screen region and a second internal touch-screen region, wherein the first internal touch-screen region and the second internal touch-screen region may be physically separated.

"The device may be configured to display the icon corresponding to the application program executed on the external touch-screen region on the curved-surface touch-screen region when the internal foldable touch-screen region is unfolded to equal to or greater than a first folding angle, wherein the device may be configured to execute the application program on a part region or an entire region of the internal foldable touch-screen region when the icon is moved to the internal foldable touch-screen region.

"The device may be configured to display the icon corresponding to the application program executed on the internal foldable touch-screen region on the curved-surface touch-screen region when the internal foldable touch-screen region is folded to equal to or smaller than a second folding angle, wherein the device may be configured to execute the application program on a part region or an entire region of the external touch-screen region when the icon is moved to the external touch-screen region.

"The icon may be moved from the curved-surface touch-screen region to the internal foldable touch-screen region or the external touch-screen region by a drag-and-drop operation or a click operation according to a user interface.

"The first folding angle may be substantially the same as the second folding angle, or may be different from the second folding angle.

"The internal foldable touch-screen region may be activated and the external touch-screen region may be deactivated when the internal foldable touch-screen region is unfolded to equal to or greater than the first folding angle.

"The internal foldable touch-screen region may be deactivated and the external touch-screen region may be activated when the internal foldable touch-screen region is folded to equal to or smaller than the second folding angle.

"According to some example embodiments, a method of operating a mobile device may include executing an application program on an external touch-screen region, displaying an icon corresponding to the application program on a curved-surface touch-screen region that couples the external touch-screen region and an internal foldable touch-screen region when the internal foldable touch-screen region is unfolded to equal to or greater than a folding angle, and executing the application program on a part region or an entire region of the internal foldable touch-screen region when the icon is moved to the internal foldable touch-screen region.

"The external touch-screen region, the internal foldable touch-screen region, and the curved-surface touch-screen region may correspond to respective regions of a flexible touch-screen including a flexible display device and a touch sensor device.

"The internal foldable touch-screen region may be activated and the external touch-screen region may be deactivated when the internal foldable touch-screen region is unfolded to equal to or greater than the folding angle.

"The icon may be moved from the curved-surface touch-screen region to the internal foldable touch-screen region by a drag-and-drop operation or a click operation according to a user interface.

"According to some example embodiments, a method of operating a mobile device may include executing an application program on an internal foldable touch-screen region, displaying an icon corresponding to the application program on a curved-surface touch-screen region that couples an external touch-screen region and the internal foldable touch-screen region when the internal foldable touch-screen region is folded to equal to or smaller than a folding angle, and executing the application program on a part region or an entire region of the external touch-screen region when the icon is moved to the external touch-screen region.

"The external touch-screen region, the internal foldable touch-screen region, and the curved-surface touch-screen region may correspond to respective regions of a flexible touch-screen including a flexible display device and a touch sensor device.

"The internal foldable touch-screen region may be deactivated and the external touch-screen region may be activated when the internal foldable touch-screen region is folded to equal to or smaller than the folding angle.

"The icon may be moved from the curved-surface touch-screen region to the external touch-screen region by a drag-and-drop operation or a click operation according to a user interface.

"Therefore, a mobile device according to example embodiments may include a flexible touch-screen having an external touch-screen region, an internal foldable touch-screen region, and a curved-surface touch-screen region that couples the external touch-screen region and the internal foldable touch-screen region. Thus, the mobile device may provide users with a user interface that selectively executes an application program on the external touch-screen region or the internal foldable touch-screen region by moving an icon corresponding to an executing application program to the curved-surface touch-screen region in response to a folding angle of the internal foldable touch-screen region when a folding operation of the internal foldable touch-screen region is performed (i.e., when the internal foldable touch-screen region is folded or unfolded).

"In addition, a method of operating a mobile device according to example embodiments, where the mobile device includes a flexible touch-screen having an external touch-screen region, an internal foldable touch-screen region, and a curved-surface touch-screen region that couples the external touch-screen region and the internal foldable touch-screen region, may provide users with a user interface that selectively executes an application program on the external touch-screen region or the internal foldable touch-screen region by moving an icon corresponding to an executing application program to the curved-surface touch-screen region in response to a folding angle of the internal foldable touch-screen region when a folding operation of the internal foldable touch-screen region is performed (i.e., when the internal foldable touch-screen region is folded or unfolded).

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"Illustrative, non-limiting example embodiments will be more clearly understood from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

"FIG. 1 is a planar view illustrating a mobile device according to example embodiments.

"FIG. 2 is a perspective side view illustrating the mobile device shown in FIG. 1.

"FIG. 3 is a flow chart illustrating an example embodiment in which the mobile device shown in FIG. 1 operates.

"FIGS. 4A, 4B, and 4C are diagrams illustrating an example embodiment in which the mobile device shown in FIG. 1 operates.

"FIG. 5 is a flow chart illustrating another example embodiment in which the mobile device shown in FIG. 1 operates.

"FIGS. 6A, 6B, and 6C are diagrams illustrating another example embodiment in which the mobile device shown in FIG. 1 operates.

"FIG. 7 is a planar view illustrating a mobile device according to example embodiments.

"FIG. 8 is a side perspective view illustrating the mobile device shown in FIG. 7.

"FIGS. 9A and 9B are diagrams illustrating an example embodiment in which an application program is executed by a mobile device according to example embodiments.

"FIGS. 10A and 10B are diagrams illustrating another example embodiment in which an application program is executed by a mobile device according to example embodiments."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Lee, Yong-Joon; Lee, Woo-Jong. Mobile Device Including a Flexible Display Device and Method of Operating the Same. Filed January 27, 2014 and posted August 14, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=5305&p=107&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140807.PD.&OS=PD/20140807&RS=PD/20140807

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

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