SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD. (Yongin-si, KR)
1. The Disclosure is Technical Field
This information is related to the display device.
2. Description of the Related Art
Due to the continuous advancements in information technology, there has been an increase in the demand for devices that can display images. For example, display devices have been applied to many electronic devices like a smart phone, digital camera as well as notebook computers or a navigation device smart television (TV) and other similar devices. Display devices can be described as flat panel display devices , such as liquid crystal display (LCD) device as well as the field emission display (FED)device as well as an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display device, and other similar devices.
A typical display device might include a panel that includes pixels that display images. The display space where pixels are made could be contained in the panel. It could also include a non-display space that accounts for or corresponds with the remainder of the panel. Pads attached to an elastic film or circuit board may be formed at a side of the display panel. A portion of the nondisplay area on one side a display device might be larger than the area on the opposite side.
It is to be understood that this background of technology section is, in part, intended to provide useful background for understanding the technology. This background may include ideas, concepts or even recognitions that are not part of the knowledge that was well-known or understood prior to the effective filing date for the subject matter covered in this section.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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- What’s the goal of this invention? Is it a utilitarian device or an ornamental design?
- Does the invention consist of a method of making something or fulfilling a purpose? Are you referring to an object?
- What is the composition and function of the invention? What is the physical composition of the invention?
- What is the goal of the invention?
- What are technical terms and keywords that describe the nature of an invention? To find the correct terms, consult a technical dictionary.
2. Utilize these terms to locate pertinent Cooperative Patent Classifications for your invention at the Classification Text Search Tool. If you are unable to determine the correct classification to describe your invention, go through the classification’s class Schemas (class schedules). If you don’t get any results from the Classification Text Search, you might consider substituting your words for describing your invention with synonyms.
3. Examine the CPC Classification Definition to verify the validity of the CPC classification that you have found. The link to a CPC classification definition is given in the event that the title of the classification contains a blue box with “D” on the left. CPC classification definitions can be used to determine the scope of the classification and therefore you’re sure to select the most appropriate. These definitions may also include research tips or other suggestions which could prove useful in further research.
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5. Use this selection of the most relevant patent publications to examine each in detail for the similarities to your own invention. Be sure to read the specifications and claims. There are many patents available by referring to the patent examiner as well as the applicant.
6. You can find published patent applications that match the CPC classification you picked in Step 3. You may also employ the same strategy of searching you used in Step 4 to narrow your search results to the most relevant patents by reading the abstracts and drawings on every page. After that, take a close look at the published patent applications with particular attention paid to the claims and additional drawings.
7. Locate additional US patent publications by keyword searches in PatFT and AppFT databases, searching for classification of non-U.S. patents per below, and searching non-patent patent disclosures in the literature of inventions using web search engines. Here are a few examples:
- Add keywords to your search. Keyword searches may turn up documents that are not well-categorized or have missed classifications during Step 2. For example, US patent examiners often supplement their classification searches with keyword searches. Think about the use of technical engineering terminology rather than everyday words.
- Search for foreign patents using the CPC classification. Then, re-run the search using international patent office search engines such as Espacenet, the European Patent Office’s worldwide patent publication database of over 130 million patent publications. Other national databases include:
- European Patent Office (EPO) provides esp@cenet to access a network of Europe’s patent databases with access to machine translation of European patents.
- Japan Patent Office (JPO) – with access to machine translations of Japanese patents.
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) offers PATENTSCOPE with a full-text search of published international patent applications and machine translations for some documents, as well as a list of international patent databases.
- Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS)
- State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) with machine translation of Chinese patents.
- Other International Intellectual Property Offices with online patent databases include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan.
- Search non-patent literature. Inventions can be made public in many non-patent publications. It is recommended that you search journals, books, websites, technical catalogs, conference proceedings, and other print and electronic publications.
To review your search, you can hire a registered patent attorney to assist. A preliminary search will help one better prepare to talk about their invention and other related inventions with a professional patent attorney. In addition, the attorney will not spend too much time or money on patenting basics.