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"Smart Phone Pockets" in Patent Application Approval Process

September 11, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- A patent application by the inventor Ponski, Jennifer (Carmel, IN), filed on February 19, 2014, was made available online on August 28, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application has not been assigned to a company or institution.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The role of the cell phone has changed dramatically in the past decade. The cell phone has graduated to be a smart phone, which is a multipurpose devices whose functions include clock, calendar, e-reader, email, social media delivery device, reminder-list-keeper, alarm, and music player, just to name a few of its capabilities. These functions are used all day and at night, both at work and at play. Whether working or relaxing, smart phone users feel the need to be connected and to constantly access their smartphone if only to check the time, the weather, or just to listen to music. No one can doubt that these new smart devices are changing the way we communicate, work, play, conduct routine tasks and our chores. These devices now play an integral part of our daily lives, affecting productivity, livelihood, security and our sense of well-being. Many feel compelled to be in constant contact with the touch screen of their smart phone. Most of us feel unsettled when we mistakenly leave our smart phones at home. The smart phone has become an integral part of daily life for many users. Simply put, the user's relationship is so much closer and intimate than in the past, and the user expects wherever they go, their smartphone needs to be close at hand.

"The principal current problem is that not all locations, activities and conditions are safe for a smart phone.

"At night, for example, a large number of smart phone users actually sleep with their smart phones in bed. The digital alarm clock is being replaced by the alarm feature on the smart phone. Thus many people fall asleep with their smart phone either under their pillow, on their bedside table, or in some cases holding it in their hand. Furthermore, there are people who use their smart phone to fall asleep by listening to music through ear buds. There are also smart phone applications that gauge the sleeper's movements to determine the optimal time in their sleep cycle to wake them. The troubling issue is that once asleep, the smart phone can be dropped or be lost under the covers. The touch screen, when dropped is easily broken and is expensive to replace. College students and others who use loft or bunk beds do not have a nightstand and they are at increased risk for dropping and breaking their smart phones. Also, if a smart phone is left on a bedside table, it can be inadvertently dropped when reaching for it in the middle of the night or when turning off its actuated alarm.

"During the day, we all want to be able to answer quickly our smart phones. Who wants to be the annoying person whose phone continuously rings when out in public? Men usually have pants pockets but women tend to keep their smart phones in their purses. At work, women carry them into meetings frequently juggling their coffee, their notebook, and pens at the same time. Usually it is the phone that ends up being dropped.

"At play, we still want to have our smart phone close. There are applications that help our golf game, provide music for relaxing, and provide the general fun of social medias. However, our play environment might be hazardous to our smart phones. At the beach, the smart phone is close to sand and water which can significantly damage the device. Where does one put their smart phone when going to the beach? Not in their purse or in pants pockets, since that these are usually locked in the trunk of a car or left at home. Probably in the beach bag pocket, along with keys, suntan lotions and hairbrushes. The smart phones stay there waiting for wet and sandy hands to reach for it. If removed and placed on a patio table or on a beach towel, it is at risk, and the smart phone owner constantly frets about it safety. The same is true for the golfer who does not want to keep the smart phone in his/her pocket in case a swing is interrupted by a silent ring or vibration. Yet, the golf bag pocket or the cup holder of a golf cart is even less than ideal and could be more hazardous to the smart phone. The beach/pool or golf are two examples of many leisure situations where smart phone users need safe locations to access to the functionality of their smart phones.

"In summary, where ever the smart phone user is, they want their smart phones to be available for use. Today's and tomorrow's smart phone user expects to have continuous close physical proximity to their smart phones while at the same time wanting them to be safe and secure."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The present invention has been developed to accommodate the changing relationship that we have with our smart phones. The present invention provides secure storage while at the same time providing access to the typical touch functions of the smart phone. By combining the use of materials that allow the smart phone touch screen to work while in a pocket and enabling the pocket to be securely closed on all sides, the present invention provides fingertip access to all smart phone functionality while it is being securely stowed.

"Three specific examples of the present invention include the following.

"At the beach, the smart phone pocket of the present invention on a beach towel shields a smart phone from sand and water while still providing fingertip access to the touch screen though a thin plastic film.

"On the golf course, smart phone pocket of the present invention on a golf towel holds the smart phone at the top of the golf towel while firmly attached to the golf bag.

"While in bed, the cell phone pocket of the present invention on a pillow case keeps the smart phone close by and secure while in bed.

"In each case, the smart phone is viewable, accessible, operable and secure in the cell phone pockets of the present invention.


"FIGS. 1A and 1B are illustrations of a four-sided smart phone pocket on a pillow.

"FIG. 2 is an illustration of two-sides-attached smart phone pocket on a pillow.

"FIG. 3 is an illustration of splash-resistant smart phone pocket on a beach towel.

"FIG. 4 is an illustration of top-only-opening smart phone pocket on a travel pillow.

"FIG. 5 is an illustration of a hinged smart phone pocket on an apron.

"FIG. 6 is an illustration of a diagonal-opening smart phone pocket on a golf bag towel."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Ponski, Jennifer. Smart Phone Pockets. Filed February 19, 2014 and posted August 28, 2014. Patent URL:

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