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The better notch
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The better notch
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On this page:
Portfolio: Overview ▼
Quotations: This is what the press writes ▼
Unique notch design grows brand awareness ▼
Widescreen movie: Full width and no notch in the way ▼
Maximized and uninterrupted screen space ▼
Choose your favorite cutout design ▼
Cutout at 1, 2, 3, or all 4 corners of the display ▼
Display screen with three curved edges ▼
Smartwatch with selfie camera ▼
Example: Unlocking via face recognition ▼
Portfolio summary: Full listing of all assets ▼

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Highly functional, stylish, and with a clear recognition value
Move the notch to the corners and benefit from an uninterrupted screen area!


This portfolio consists of 185 assets and relates to smartphone technology. The notch of the front camera is moved to the corner(s) of the display thereby providing an uninterrupted status bar, a larger (i.e., higher) screen area for apps, and the ability to display wide-screen movies using the full width of the display with no notch getting in the way, among other features and advantages.

The combination of 19 patents and 166 protected designs gives you a broad and robust protection. The ideal solution for high-end "selfie smartphones" featuring the best-possible picture quality for selfies, smartphones with advanced face unlock or face recognition features, and low budget smartphones with an inexpensive display technology (e.g., LCD).


What the press writes

“If this patent comes to life, we could expect an end to the notch problem.”
Gizbot, Technology Site

“... in our opinion, the nicest smartphone with notch that we have seen to date.”
LetsGoDigital Magazine  (English version via Google Translate)

“... a full solution for what some see as a notch problem”
Android Headlines, Technology News

“Undoubtedly, the design presented by the German company is innovative, bringing to the market a proposal different from everything that is already implemented, giving an impression that it is still possible to make inventions within a well-known and widely-explored field.”
tudocelular.com  (English version via Google Translate)

“Ever since Apple popularized the ‘notch’ with last year’s iPhone X, the display indentation has become the hottest trend in the mobile industry. Just about every third smartphone launched today comes with a notched display, and OEMs go the extra mile to justify that design decision. However, there’s no denying the fact that notches are bad. They look unsightly on flagships, and they look even worse on mid-rangers. That said, what if you could have a smartphone with four tiny notches, one at each corner of the display? It seems that could become a reality very soon.”
BGR, Tech News

“the solution is one that could still move things forward substantially. Not only does it offer a way to keep bezel size down and remove a single large obstruction. It offers a varied number of ways that could be implemented in an Android handset and as a solution to overcome UI limitations, effectively providing the groundwork for multiple designs that could help differentiate OEMs. So this is a patent that seems to cover a full solution for what some see as a notch problem”
Gadgets F - World of gadgets

“... the groundwork for multiple designs that could help differentiate OEMs”
Android Headlines, Technology News
“The move of the notch from the top middle area to the corners of the display might not be a bad idea, as revealed by a new patent.”
Notebookcheck.net, Hardware Magazine

“Thanks to these innovations smartphone manufacturers now have the opportunity to add new components that were previously unimaginable by users, such as 3D cameras (...) the patent also contains other details related to the use of dual-notch, where the positions are in the upper right and left corner of the smartphone screen.”
Vines, Gadget News   (English version via Google Translate)

“Quad notch can be applicable on upcoming foldable phones, and comes with cool features in upcoming future Phones.”
icvsTech, Tech News

“Exclusive: Smartphones with quad notches might be the next thing”
AndroidUpdated.com, Android News

“the patent certainly has some potential, creating small, unobtrusive notches that can be combined into functionality to create something beyond simply housing front cameras.”
TekGenius   (English version via Google Translate)

“... can be used for a smartwatch and a folding smartphone ...”
Whotprice, Shopping News

“the solution sure has some potential that the OEMs can use in the coming days. It not only manages to keep the bezel size down but also removes a large obstruction. It brings a lot of new ways that can be introduced in an Android phone and also brings a solution for UI limitations. If this patent comes to life, we could expect an end to the notch problem.”
Yahoo! Finance

“The software of the smartphone can ensure that no content is hidden away by the notches. For example, text can be aligned in the centre or displayed somewhat narrower.”
Mobile88, news and reviews

“... the patent also shows that it could work with other technologies like Samsung’s Edge displays or with conventional flat panels.”
Yahoo! Finance




Unique notch design: A powerful tool to increase brand awareness

In the highly competitive smartphone market, it is important to stand out from the competition and to strengthen brand awareness. This patent package is the perfect tool to do just that. Moving the front camera's notch to the corners of the display not only has significant benefits but allows to create unique products with a clear recognition value.

For example, with the ever thinner display bezel of today's smartphones it will no longer be possible in the future to add a brand name on the front of the smartphone to generate brand awareness. Instead, smartphone manufacturers now have the opportunity to grow brand awareness by using characteristic notches for the front camera with a protected shape and a location at the corners of the display.

Cutouts or notches at the corners of the display are clearly recognizable and can help to shape a manufacturer's brand. Customers of such a brand will soon recognize that the location at the corner has significant advantages, compared with a location at the center of the upper display edge. Some of these advantages are outlined in the following sections.
Brand strategy: inodyn NewMedia's patent package increases brand awareness


Widescreen movie: Full width and no notch in the way!

The cutouts or notches (e.g., for the front camera) are accommodated in the black bars or matte regions above and below the widescreen movie. As a result, no part of the movie is obscured by a notch located in the middle of the display edge.

Patents:
AU 2018100896 B4, DE 102018005132 A1, CA 3010290 A1, and others. Cutout design: US 29/644,284, EM 005278009-0006

Widescreen movie






Maximized and uninterrupted screen space available for your apps
By moving the front camera's notch to the corners of the display, scrollable screen content in portrait orientation can extend over the entire height of the screen, wherein the uppermost part is displayed between two cutouts at the corners. While scrolling, the length of the upper text lines between the cutouts is tailored to the shape of the cutouts by reducing the font width and/or font spacing. This way you get a larger (i.e., higher) screen area for social media newsfeeds, web pages, or other screen content.
“The software of the smartphone can ensure that no content is hidden away by the notches. For example, text can be aligned in the centre or displayed somewhat narrower.”
Mobile88, news and reviews
The ideal solution for:
● social media newsfeeds
● news / magazines
● wikis / encyclopedias
● web browser
scrollable screen content





Choose your favorite cutout design...

Broad protection by extensive use of dotted lines, break lines, and a large number of embodiments! A few examples of cutout designs:



… and many more! A full listing with all protected designs is available here.




Cutout at 1, 2, 3, or all 4 corners of the display
Broad protection by extensive use of dotted lines and break lines. Due to the break lines, the cutouts can be any required size. For example, the cutouts can be smaller than shown in the drawings.

“Exclusive: Smartphones with quad notches might be the next thing”
AndroidUpdated.com, Android News

“Brace yourselves for a new smartphone soon, this time with quad notches”
Vines, Gadget News   (via Google Translate)

“Now, it’s upon the manufacturer how they want to utilise the new Quad notch display.”
GizmoChina.com, Technology Blog

Shown quad and dual notch designs: US 29/655,227, EM 005291838-0002, AU Design No. 201813887, US 29/655,226, EM 005291838-0009, AU Design No. 201813891. For a single notch at one corner see US D810,713 S

Example: Quad notch
inodyn NewMedia's quad notch
Example: Dual notch
inodyn NewMedia's dual notch






Display with three curved edges

Owing to the cutouts or notches at the corners of the display it is now possible to create smartphones with three curved display edges. The cutouts prevent the bent display edges from getting crumpled, creased, or kinked at the corners.

Smartphone display with three curved edges
“... the patent also shows that it could work with other technologies like Samsung’s Edge displays or with conventional flat panels.”
Yahoo! Finance

Patents:
US 10,459,481 B2, AU 2018100897 B4, and others

Various protected designs:
US 29/624,864, DE 402017203595, and others

Example: Design patent drawings
Design patent drawing: Three curved edges





Smartwatch with selfie camera

The patent package is even suitable for smartwatches. For example, a user can take selfies with a camera located at a corner of the clock-face by raising the wrist and holding the smartwatch in front of his/her face. The user can monitor the live image on the display of the smartwatch.

Smartwatch with selfie camera
“... can be used for a smartwatch and a folding smartphone ...”
Whotprice, Shopping News

Various protected designs:
US 29/639,181, DE 402017202973, DE 402017202974, and others. Broad protection by extensive use of dotted lines and break lines.

Example: Design patent drawings
Design patent drawing: Smartwatch





Example: Unlocking via face recognition

The cutouts or notches can be used for various sensors or emitters such as infrared emitters, flashlights, flood illuminators, dot projectors, IR cameras, or other sensors for face recognition, face tracking, or eye tracking. Additional sensors and emitters are also possible, e.g., LED indicators, IR or UV sensors, proximity/light sensors, fingerprint sensors, or iris scanner.

Patent:
AU 2018100894 B4
examined, granted, and certified



Shown cutout designs:

First design:
US 29/655,226,
EM 005291838-0009,
AU Design No. 201813891

Second design:
US 29/655,226,
EM 005291838-0008,
AU Design No. 201813890
First example: inodyn NewMedia's notch used for face recognition
Second example: inodyn NewMedia's notch used for face recognition





PORTFOLIO SUMMARY
PDF document: Detailed assets table of this patent package with patent numbers, publication numbers, application numbers, and clickable links.
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This patent package consists of the following 185 assets:
Patents and Patent Applications
Status
Country
Document Number
PDF
Active
US
US 10,353,426 B2
Active
US
US 10,459,481 B2
Active
US
US 10,324,492 B2
Active
CA
CA 3010307 C
Pending
CA
CA 3010109 A1
Pending
CA
CA 3010290 A1
Active
AU
AU 2018100894 B4
Active
AU
AU 2018100897 B4
Active
AU
AU 2018100896 B4
Active
AU
AU 2018100895 B4
Pending
AU
AU 2018204729 A1
Pending
DE
DE 102018005130 A1
Pending
DE
DE 102018005131 A1
Pending
DE
DE 102018005132 A1
Pending
UK
GB 2552090 A
Active
IE
IE S87008 B2
Active
IE
IE S87013 B2
Active
IE
IE S87014 B2
Active
IE
IE S87028 B2


Designs
Status
Country
Design Number
Drawings
Active
US
US D810,713 S
Active
European
Union
EM 005291838-0001
Active
European
Union
EM 005291838-0002
Active
European
Union
EM 005291838-0003
Active
European
Union
EM 005291838-0004
Active
European
Union
EM 005291838-0005
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European
Union
EM 005291838-0006
Active
European
Union
EM 005291838-0007
Active
European
Union
EM 005291838-0008
Active
European
Union
EM 005291838-0009
Active
European
Union
EM 005291838-0010
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European
Union
EM 005291838-0011
Active
European
Union
EM 005291838-0012
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European
Union
EM 005291838-0013
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European
Union
EM 005278009-0001
Active
European
Union
EM 005278009-0002
Active
European
Union
EM 005278009-0003
Active
European
Union
EM 005278009-0004
Active
European
Union
EM 005278009-0005
Active
European
Union
EM 005278009-0006
Active
European
Union
EM 005278009-0007
Active
European
Union
EM 004494417-0001
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European
Union
EM 004494417-0002
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European
Union
EM 004494417-0003
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European
Union
EM 004013787-0001
Active
European
Union
EM 004013787-0002
Active
European
Union
EM 004013787-0003
Active
UK
GB Design 6033339
Active
UK
GB Design 6033340
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UK
GB Design 6033341
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UK
GB Design 6033342
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GB Design 6033343
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GB Design 6033344
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GB Design 6033345
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GB Design 6033346
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GB Design 6033347
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GB Design 6033348
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GB Design 6032901
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GB Design 6032902
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GB Design 6032903
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GB Design 6032904
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GB Design 6032905
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GB Design 6032906
Active
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GB Design 6032907
Active
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GB Design 6032908
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GB Design 6032909
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GB Design 6032910
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GB Design 6032911
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GB Design 6032912
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GB Design 6032913
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GB Design 6032914
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GB Design 6032915
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GB Design 6032916
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GB Design 6032917
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GB Design 6032918
Active
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GB Design 6032919
Active
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GB Design 6032920
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GB Design 6028881
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GB Design 6028882
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GB Design 6028883
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GB Design 6028884
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GB Design 6028885
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GB Design 6028886
Active
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GB Design 6028887
Active
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GB Design 6028888
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GB Design 6028889
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GB Design 6028890
Active
UK
GB Design 6028891
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GB Design 6028892
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GB Design 6028893
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GB Design 6028894
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UK
GB Design 6028895
Active
UK
GB Design 6028896
Active
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GB Design 6028897
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GB Design 6028898
Active
UK
GB Design 6028899
Active
UK
GB Design 6028900

Designs (continuation)
Status
Country
Design Number
Drawings
Pending
US
US 29/644,278
Pending
US
US 29/624,858
Pending
US
US 29/624,864
Pending
US
US 29/639,181
Pending
US
US 29/644,284
Pending
US
US 29/655,226
Pending
US
US 29/655,227
Pending
US
US 29/655,228
Active
AU
AU Design 201716792
Active
AU
AU Design 201716793
Active
AU
AU Design 201813134
Active
AU
AU Design 201813135
Active
AU
AU Design 201813136
Active
AU
AU Design 201813137
Active
AU
AU Design 201813887
Active
AU
AU Design 201813888
Active
AU
AU Design 201813889
Active
AU
AU Design 201813890
Active
AU
AU Design 201813891
Active
DE
DE 402017202114-0001
Active
DE
DE 402017202114-0002
Active
DE
DE 402017202114-0003
Active
DE
DE 402017202114-0004
Active
DE
DE 402017202114-0005
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DE 402017202114-0006
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DE 402017202114-0007
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DE
DE 402017202114-0008
Active
DE
DE 402017202114-0009
Active
DE
DE 402017202114-0010
Active
DE
DE 402017202973-0001
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DE
DE 402017202973-0002
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DE
DE 402017202973-0003
Active
DE
DE 402017202973-0004
Active
DE
DE 402017202973-0005
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DE
DE 402017202973-0006
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DE 402017202973-0007
Active
DE
DE 402017202973-0008
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DE
DE 402017202973-0009
Active
DE
DE 402017202973-0010
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DE
DE 402017202974-0001
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DE 402017202974-0002
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DE 402017202974-0003
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DE 402017202974-0004
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DE 402017202974-0005
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DE 402017202974-0006
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DE 402017202974-0007
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DE 402017202974-0008
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DE 402017202974-0009
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DE 402017202974-0010
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DE 402017203592-0001
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DE 402017203592-0003
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DE 402017203592-0010
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DE 402017203595-0001
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DE 402017203595-0002
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DE 402017203595-0010
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