Motorola wins patent for octagon-shaped smartphone

Forget rounded rectangles, the future is all about the octagon. Or it could be, anyway, with news of Motorola’s latest patent approval. The USPTO has awarded the Google-owned brand a patent for an octagonal smartphone. The design is a bit more specific than Apple’s rectangle patent, which has been the subject of numerous court battles focused on smartphone and tablet design.

Rulings have been mixed when it comes to Apple’s design, but Motorola would likely have an easier time going after those copying the more unique shape. But would any company even both to infringe upon the shape? Is it something we want to see for devices of the future? It could be that Google and Motorola are merely stacking ammunition. Maybe it’s a tongue-in-cheek jab at Apple (though it seems like a lot of effort to go through to simply mock your competition). Regardless, Motorola lays claim to the design now.

[via GigaOM]

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  • Tomato88

    Doesn’t matter. Apple will now sue Motorola for stealing their idea of patenting a shape of a smartphone.

    • DYNK

      This joke is getting so old…

      • Sean Prunka

        Yeah, but it’s still funny…

        • camelsnot

          Hardly, shawn derpa


        You are not allowed to say that, Apple has patented that saying

        • OptimusL

          And you are not allowed to say what you just said, because Apple has patented the discussion of their patents (wait what?).

          Ah f*** now they’re gonna sue me for saying that! :/

          • Manbo

            Won’t somebody think of the children!?

      • bluevoodo

        welcome to what has become of the android fan base, just a big circle jerk of Samsung fanboys, discussing the rumored number of processing cores and screen sizes.


          ya sheep circle jerks are way better aren’t they..

          • bluevoodo

            sounds like you would know.

        • DYNK

          But I would still take a note 2 Galaxy s3 over an underspecced overpriced iPhone any day.

          • bluevoodo

            yeah screw that noise, I dont like iPhones or Windows phones at all, I’m currently on a Nexus 4 and trading up to a HTC One as soon as its available. What I dont like is the Samsung circle jerk that goes on in these places about the number of cores or screen sizes. With the S4 receiving snapdragon in the most lucrative markets, no one will make applications that take advantage of Exynos. I also dont like Samsung’s stupid S- implementations of Google’s products like, Wallet vs Google Wallet, Google Now vs. S-Voice, and so on.

          • Timbo1

            That would be a trade down not a trade up :p

          • bluevoodo

            The camera blows in the N4, I actually liked the camera of the Gnexus better not because it took better pictures but because it had a faster shutter, the N4 with HDR is slooooow. On the N4 if you dont go back and auto correct the color of your shots they look terrible on any other screen.

            Neither have replaceable batteries or expandable memory nor is it a feature I look for, although HTC one has 32 Gb standard meanwhile 16 Gb is the biggest you get on the N4

            Processor? I havent had lag on my phones since Android 4.0 although around android 4.2 the gnexus was getting laggy somewhat.

            Screen? HTC one hands down.

            Roms and stuff? I dont bother with them they’re never complete missing one aspect or another.

            Price? Nexus 4 hands down but I can take the hit.

          • Timbo1

            Ya it was more of a sarcastic reply I made hense the :p I don’t have any lag on the N4 the quality of the pictures out optimal lighting when blown up on a PC screen does suck but viewing on my phone its no big deal to me since I never view it on anything but my phone screen. I am kinda bummed that Google skimped out on the calibration of the screen because its a night and day difference between the N4 and the Optimus G even though they have the same screen. The storage side no huge biggie for me since I don’t really play games and I use the cloud anyway. I hate Sense I always have so stock android ftw there for me. No lag at all on the N4 totally different processor than the GNex anyway.

          • bluevoodo

            Yeah the N4 no lag for me either, it was on the Gnexus which I was beginning to get lag. Well for me going from Gnexus Oled to LG’s LCD, I have been quite pleased, the Gnexus was starting to get that status bar burn in and the yellow hue was annoying.

          • Timbo1

            Ya that’s why I won’t get an AMOLED screen because of burn in. I have no complains about SuperLCD either they are amazing I had SuperLCD in the HTCmytouch 4G

          • camelsnot

            You whine

          • bluevoodo

            You bring nothing to the table! I’m surprised you’re literate and competent enough to get a disqus account and mash enough keys together to get words on the screen. (admit it, you had help)

        • camelsnot

          Says the derp with a crown

          • bluevoodo

            oh! Damn you got me guy.

        • ari_free

          Better that than a bunch of guys wetting their pants on how their new phone is so smooth and shiny!

          • bluevoodo

            and who would those guys be?

      • MrSerbious

        This has to be a jab. Just a simple sarcastic jab.

    • No_Nickname90

      THX is suing Apple for their speakers design. I hope they lose ALL their money!!

  • PRHdroid

    Isn’t this just the shape of the Motorola Photon? Maybe a delayed patent from then?

    • Unorthodox

      Or even Motorola Razr.

    • leocal79

      That’s what I was going to say. Photon

  • guitarist5122

    Wow, now an android oem is claiming ownership of a shape. smh

  • ka1iban

    So say we all.

    • scuttlefield

      Exactly what I was thinking! I think this BSG-inspired design could be a winner…unless BSG has a patent on all things with clipped corners. :-/

    • squiddy20


    • ari_free

      By your command. This is Android after all

  • alfonzso

    This is so stupid! How can someone be allowed to patent shapes!?

  • Kc

  • Thomas

  • Helgaiden

    I loved that shape for the photon. Looked legit.

  • ac

    Motorola Titanium, Photon 4G, Electrify, and Photon Q all had the shape. I actually liked the unique form factor, when I had my Photon, but good screen protectors were hard to come by.

  • Jean Gilles

    I’m waiting for the dodecagon shaped phone.

    • disqusroadpizza

      pentagonal dodecahedron – if TV can 3D, so can we

  • Mark

    Might appeal to those in the Battlestar Galactica universe :)

    • Unorthodox

      Hell yeah, and I couldn’t figure out why I liked RAZR’s shape.

  • PuzzledObserver

    In my 50 years (yes, FIFTY) of experience using smartphones and tablets. This is the most genius invention I have witnessed. Now human kind is ready to conquer the Universe.

    • ari_free

      And one day we will discover Earth and it shall become our new home. So say we all!

    • disqusroadpizza

      50 years ago I was tapping the switchhook on our rotary dial phone to dial my long-distance girlfriend after my Dad put a locked plug in the 1 hole trying to stop me from running up the bill. Sure glad we didn’t have a smart phone back then…

  • Bart Burroughs

    I am in the process of filing a patent for a “round” tire. woohoo.. I’m gonna sue everyone.

  • Matt Laney

    Stop Sign tablets ftw!


    All these patents are ridiculous. Nice to see someone other than Apple getting design patents, but still ridiculous.

  • ArmageddonX

    Call me crazy, but I’m all for more of these ridiculous patents. The more ridiculous they get, the sooner there will be some real patent reform.

  • sunday39

    im sorry but i do not want a octagon shaped smartphone wtf

  • darkseider

    I can’t help but laugh at this. Personally I was hoping for a patent on an isosceles triangle phone but they must have skipped it. >facepalm<

    • JWolf_PDX

      I’m holding out for the right triangle

  • AMbro86

    I do kind of enjoy the slight blunted corners on current models. But too much can be a waste. For rectangular screens the most efficient shape is a rectangle (which is just one reason why Apple’s patents are so ridiculous). I think if Motorola sticks to similar designs to what they’ve done then I wouldn’t mind. The image in the patent is a little too much for me though.

    One thing can be said for Motorola though, no one has ever said they look like an iPhone.

  • Joshua Talley

    Angled corners. More distributed force upon impact. Smart. What was that about a smartphone that can survive multiple drops?

  • h4rr4r

    This should not be patentable. It is not creative nor innovative. It is a damn basic shape.

    • JWolf_PDX

      Tell that to USPTO RE: iPhone.

  • Jerry Varner

    Remember on The Office when Sabre introduced “The Pyramid” phone? Hilarious.

  • johnny989

    Apple will probably hire the grandson of whoever invented the stop sign, just so they can attempt to sue Moto

  • Sinned66

    Bet Apple comes out with a mobius strip phone. It keeps going round and round and totally confused.

  • Caseyjp11

    This has all happened before and will all happen again…SO SAY WE ALL! :-D

  • vcarvega

    I don’t think it’s an attempt to mock Apple. I believe they have come up with a unique design and merely want to make sure their product retains differentiation from future competitors. It’s definitely an interesting shape. I look forward to seeing the final design…. Hopefully this is for the X Phone.

  • j

    Motorola Droid Xyboard is a great looking octagon shaped tablet. OG Motorola Droid RAZR & RAZR Maxx (on which I am typing this post) could arguably be called octagon as well, and the shape and build quality are excellent… IMO.

    • Rabid Rotty

      I absolutely agree

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  • Matthew Merrick

    Ah. So Motorola finally has rights to their signature design? Cool.

    Also, I upvoted everyone here who made a BSG reference.

  • Chris Stoochnoff

    This is stupid. I’m an android fan boy, but this is an awful patent and the US Patent Office is a f–ing joke. Apple proved it many times, and this patent for Motorola supports that just as much. I’m not sure who would want to steal that hideous design either…. maybe it is a joke, I don’t know.. but the US Patent Office needs mass firings.

  • Vagus

    Oh its the motorola photon, right? ;)

  • scoter man1

    Lol, that’s a patent that won’t ever be infringed on.

  • hohopig

    What a stupid trend. Basic and fundamental features such as shape and colours should not be patented at all and can be trademarked only if it has specific meaning in specific circumstances (e.g. logo that means something specifics – Red cross for example)

    Now, the thing that will show the world that Motorola is different from the iFruity company is this – open the patent to public and make a public and binding declaration that they will not charge others for the use such shapes. This way, they protect themselves and yet shows that they are not using it to bully others.

  • Ryan O’Neill

    I thought Motorola phones were already octo-shaped? (Razr, Photon, etc.)

  • ari_free

    This is almost as dumb as the Octomom

  • ari_free

    “Forget rounded rectangles, the future is all about the octagon.”

    You mean the past. They have a plan.

  • Blah Blah Blah

    Only Apples patents seem to matter.

  • ari_free

    Now I’m beginning to worry that the “X Phone” may actually be in the shape of an X

  • OptimusL

    This will be the new company phone for the UFC :D

  • Evertroy

    I feel like as phones get bigger, corners like this will help them slip in and out of your pocket easier. W2G Moto!

  • Wouter

    I think its ridicoulas unoriginal and plain shapes can be patented

  • thebeeobee

    xyboard phone? cool…

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