Just an app
The patent hasn't been issued, they just published the application. Big difference? Who knows, they start counting from the date it was filed but the number of patents declined has been going up lately which is good news.
We're not sure who found it first, but a patent has been issued in the US (numbered 20070123309), which highlights just how Sony might allow the PlayStation Portable to become a cellular handset. The news is all over gadget sites this week and is accompanied by the drawings below. In essence, it is a simple way to rotate the …
... That they're gonna get on Nokia's arse after this because it so happens that Nokia made such a phone (although the purpose of the filp was to give the screen a landscape view for DVB-H)?
Typical of Sony bustids. Steal someone's idea, call it their own, and demand the other person cough up.
What's the point of rotating the screen? Why not just rotate the whole phone? I have an SPV M600, and use landscape mode all the time without having to revert to patented mechanisms to make it landscape. Perhaps I should patent the method of holding the phone in your hand, and then rotating it through 90 degrees!
"A patent application to rotate a screen 180 degrees."
Not necessarily, look a little closer and you might find the application is for a type of hinge that allows a data connection to be sustained in all positions.
A new "invention", if you will, rather than an idea for an invention.
That's how patents work, you see -- "things" not "thoughts".
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