BlackBerry with slide-out keyboard described in new Patent app

BlackBerry with slide-out keyboard described in new Patent app

Summary: A new BlackBerry Patent app just published Thursday describes technology for a BlackBerry device with a slide-out keyboard.The Patent app is entitled,  Hybrid Portrait-Landscape Handheld Device With Trackball Navigation and Qwerty Hideaway Keyboard.

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A new BlackBerry Patent app just published Thursday describes technology for a BlackBerry device with a slide-out keyboard.

The Patent app is entitled,  Hybrid Portrait-Landscape Handheld Device With Trackball Navigation and Qwerty Hideaway Keyboard.

The Patent abstract, and the accompanying illustration, pretty much tells us what we need to know.

Here's the Abstract:

A device is disclosed for use in two different orientations. In one orientation, the keyboard is exposed to the user.

This orientation is named the landscape orientation because the device will be positioned such that its width is larger than its height. The user would opt for the landscape orientation for tasks that require the keyboard, such as inputting data, drafting emails, sending emails, and other functions typically associated with a standard computer.

The other orientation is named the portrait orientation because the device will be positioned such that its height is larger than its width. In addition, the keyboard is not used in this orientation and therefore hidden away.

The user would opt for the portrait orientation for tasks such as making and receiving telephone calls and for reading documents and emails.

The device detects the orientation positioned by the user and modifies the elements shown on the display screen so that they are presented in the correct orientation to the user.

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  • Hybrid Blackberry Patent App not new(s)

    Aside from the trackball, hasn't this been done already?
    JayJaySmak
    • Not new at all

      Yes, it's been done. Been using my PPC-6700 like that for nearly two years now.
      Kevin Dean
      • Tilt has the same feature

        The AT&T Tilt (HTC Kaiser) has been out for about 6 months with the same slide out feature as well as a tilting screen. I don't see the big deal with this particular model, unless you are married to a Blackberry.
        benjamin.c.willis@...
  • RE: BlackBerry with slide-out keyboard described in new Patent app

    Did anyone notice the date this was originally filed - August 28, 2006??

    It appears this was only Published recently, but was filed 18 months ago!

    Brian
    brian.s.graham@...
  • RE: BlackBerry with slide-out keyboard described in new Patent app

    The question is who filed the patent. The names of the patent holder indicate that they are from kitchner and waterloo, on, canada - the headquarters for RIM. Are these RIM employees, ex-employees or patent trolls? You would think that RIM would have their name on the patent?
    Firestorme
    • Patent applicant

      I think they are pretty much covered as the "Assignee" of the patent (next section down from "Inventor").
      cthornhill@...
    • the company you work for owns it

      The two employees are shown as the inventors while the owner (assignee) of the patent is RIM. This is a standard practice for patented inventions by companies. Employees are routinely reguired to sign an agreement when they hire in that says anything they invent/develop while employed for the company belongs to the company.
      meanoldmom
  • Can you say "Farce"?

    Slide out keyboards are commonplace. There is no way that simply adding a proven device to another device is worthy of a patent.
    Update victim
  • Patent dateline

    RIM applied for this patent in 2006. I would think that the fact that it has just now been published by the patent office is an indication that the patent is being granted. This is not an "oh, everyone else is doing it, we should too" patent. It is a logical progression of the Blackberry product line that was initiated several years ago.
    My husband has a Curve. I have an HTC S730. When I just told him about this patent, he said he wished they had the phone when he got his Blackberry. He likes the slideout functionality of my HTC much better, but not enough to forego the RIM service.
    meanoldmom
    • Does 't prior art pretty much kill this one?

      Before 2006 there were a number of devices that had slide out keyboards, or am I mistaken? (I could be)
      They all reoriented the display, and had text messaging. Some were simply pagers (or text only devices.)
      I'm not so sure this is a "slam dunk" patent confirmation.
      MidnightGeek
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