Laptops continue to be the portable computer of choice for serious business use, and using a laptop when seated on an airplane can be difficult. The conventionally-
US patent 8,502,790 attaches a separate assembly to the edge of the laptop's screen. The assembly contains a touchpad on the reverse side facing away from the user, with the associated “mouse buttons” on the opposite side and facing the user. The user operates the touchpad and buttons with one hand while their arm extends forward. This eliminates having their elbow sticking out to the side or contorting their arm in an uncomfortable manner to avoid jabbing their neighbor. Adding this assembly makes a laptop computer considerably more “Airplane-
Entitled "Touchpad with Reverse-Mounted Buttons," US Patent No 8,502,790 was filed on March 30, 2010, and solves the problem by enabling a laptop user to add a device to an existing laptop. Pending application 13/769,358 - also included in Lot 013 - solves the problem by providing users purchasing a laptop with an integral "reverse touchpad".
All PC manufacturers as well as manufacturers of add-on accessories for laptop computers are candidates to purchase this IP Lot. This includes manufacturers of PC accessories such as mice, touchpads, trackballs, tablets, webcams, etc., as well as laptop manufacturers themselves. Companies selling PC peripheral accessories that may find this IP especially interesting include for example: Logitech®, Microsoft®, Belkin®, GE®, HP®, Lenovo®, GearHead®, and Wacom®.
Pending application 13/769,358, when issued, would allow an accessory manufacturer to supply these unique touchpads to PC manufacturers on an OEM basis for integration with laptops, or alternatively license those PC Manufacturers. PC manufacturers themselves could offer both laptops with integral reverse touchpads as well as add-on reverse touchpad accessory modules. Laptop PC manufacturers that may find this IP especially interesting include for example: Dell®, HP®, Sony®, Lenovo®, Apple®, Samsung®, Acer®, Toshiba®, Fujitsu®, and ASUS®.
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Contact Paul Greco of ICAP Patent Brokerage at (212) 815-6692 or via email at Paul.Greco@us.icap.com.
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