Less than a week ago, HMD Global applied for a design patent for a “Tablet Computer”. After inspecting the application a little more, it links to a patent published under the number USD743959 which depicts the Nokia Lumia 2520 design patent. The original document from 2013 shows Nokia Corporation as the applicant, Microsoft Mobile as the assignee, and Boris Landwehr as the inventor.
The design patent is now under HMD Global, but it didn’t appear in EU’s EUIPO office yet. In fact, the patent for Lumia 2520’s design is still under Microsoft Mobile Oy at EUIPO, but considering HMD applied for the patent less than a week ago in the US, we can assume that a transfer of ownership will happen at EUIPO as well.
The license HMD owns for the Nokia brand also covers the use in tablet computers. We saw a few tablets from Nokia (excluding the Meamo era), like Lumia 2520 or Nokia N1 that was made by Nokia Technologies after the sales of the Devices & Services business to Microsoft. HMD said that they do not plan a tablet for the moment, and I think it’s a good decision. Android tablets cannot compete with Windows tablets in terms of productivity, and big screen Android phones are taking the role from tablets, so I don’t see a point of making a tablet, unless it will run Windows 10.
You can check HMD’s Tablet Computer patent at Espacenet here.
Is a Nokia tablet a good idea? What OS should it use? Tell us down below. 🙂