> A handheld electronic device comprising: a housing; an electronic paper display disposed in the housing and having a first surface area; and a liquid crystal display (LCD) disposed in the housing proximate the electronic paper display, the LCD having a second surface area that is smaller than the first surface area of the electronic paper display.
Except that, if that quote accurately describes the patent, the Nook has prior art given that this patent was granted June 6, 2010. If anything, this is potential trouble for Amazon, as they could stand to be sued.
That said, it's a single quote from a patent. Things are never what they seem; patent trolling wouldn't be profitable if they were.
Inventors: Zehr; Gregg (Los Gatos, CA), Whitehorn; Symon J. (Los Gatos, CA)
Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Appl. No.: 11/277,893
Filed: March 29, 2006
Also, you don't have to actually create the product to receive the patent for it. The idea is that the patent protects your right to build said product, without worrying about a faster competitor beating you to the punch.
I'm not saying I agree with how the patent system works, but how I understand it, Amazon's patent isn't affected by any product released after they submitted the patent request.
Or so a patent lawyer told me, anyway. It's possible I misunderstood something.
A much better way to establish priority is to file a provisional patent, good for a year.
The book "Patent it yourself" makes good reading - not as good as working with a patent attorney, but a lot cheaper.
Sans getting it notarized, of course. But that costs time and money too.
Or can you fake the date with Gmail? If so, know of a possible alternative? I'll probably end up using it.