Virginia Lawyer's Weekly: Winchester lawyer patents phone-tablet combo

By: Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly

A Virginia lawyer is pitching a novel idea to merge two popular formats for communication devices, and he hopes to find a manufacturer to bring the idea to life.

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Beau Correll handles personal injury claims at his Winchester office, but he sketches technical ideas in his spare time. One of those ideas – to literally merge a handheld phone into a tablet – has won patent approval from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

He says his idea solves “the Goldilocks problem” – the quest for a device that is not too large or too small, but is “just right.”

Correll said he saw phones getting larger and larger, and thought there could be a market for a smaller phone that would slide out of a larger device when portability is key. “There’s got to be a better way,” he said.

No one wants to take a phone call holding a tablet or go for a run with the added weight of a foldable device, he explained.

“Now they won’t have to with our invention,” Correll said. He describes a tablet with a space for a phone to slide in and out, with the two screens merging seamlessly when the phone is in.

“When you want portability, you just slide the phone out and go on your way.”

Read more at: https://valawyersweekly.com/2019/06/28/winchester-lawyer-patents-phone-tablet-combo/

Winchester man patents 2-in-1 tech design

By: Ellie Williams

Posted on WDVM website: Jun 21, 2019 / 06:11 AM UTC/Updated:Jun 21, 2019 / 07:26 AM UTC

A personal injury lawyer by day and an inventor by night, Winchester’s Beau Correll is hoping to bring a new technology to a consumer electronics stores across the country.

Correll, who owns Correll Electronics LLC., recently received a patent for his 2-in-1 tablet and smart phone device.

“I was like super super excited,” Correll said. “And since that time, we’ve filed more claims to make it broader and make the claims stronger and to basically corner this entire concept I came up with.

He says got the idea for a 2-in-1 tablet and smart phone device back in 2013, while sitting at his favorite Jamaican restaurant in downtown Winchester.

To hear him tell it, he was staring at his phone on the table, wondering why phones were getting larger and larger, almost to the size of tablets themselves.

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Patent for Tablet with Removable Mobile Phone Available for Purchase and License

Correll Electronics Announces U.S. Patent for Next-Generation Combination Device

WINCHESTER, Va., June 18, 2019 – Correll Electronics, LLC today announced US Patent Application Serial No. 16/428,721 in conjunction with U.S. Patent No. 9,939,842 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), entitled “Electronic Device Combination.” The follow up patent application features additional groundbreaking innovations that covers the design of a combination device, more specifically, a tablet device whereby the mobile phone screen is also part of the tablet screen and is removable and portable.

The combination device is formed from a first device, such as a tablet, and a second device like a mobile phone, and each device has a complementary display screen that fits together like a glove to display a single, integrated viewing experience when combined. The technology is a more cost-friendly alternative for manufacturers as compared to the foldable tablet and alleviates design challenges associated with those devices. 

With broad utility-patent protection from the USPTO granted in May 2018, this Phone and Tablet Combination Device represents a technological and esthetic leap in the tablet and phone space. This intellectual property is intended to address emerging consumer demand for a 2-in-1 mobile phone and tablet device and the challenges of many foldable and combination devices being made available on the market.  

“This novel, patented modernization offers a way to address the size and weight challenges of tablets and foldable devices that hinder functionality for consumers seeking to use the tables for entertainment and productivity purposes. Simultaneously, no one wants to take a phone call holding the weight of a tablet or go for a run with the added weight of a foldable tablet. Now they won't have to with our invention," said CEO Beau Correll. "We are confident that Correll Electronic's hedge of intellectual property protection will provide manufacturers with products with long-term market exclusivity in a highly competitive space.”

The market opportunity for combined electronic devices is large and growing. Available data from the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, indicates that Convertible Notebook + Detachable Tablet (2-in-1’s) are expected to increase at compound annual rate of 4.6% through to 2023, as desktops, notebooks and tablets are expected to decline.

With many potential embodiments, from manufacturers allowing consumers to utilize their existing phones or, alternatively, to the creation of new combination devices where brands can design both units to be sold together, there is no limit to imaginative possibilities.

The claims are not confined to a tablet and phone combination, either. The first device may also be used as a display screen on a vehicle dashboard, television screen, or computer display, whereas the second device may be another portable device such as one for taking scientific measurements.  The common element in all of the claims is that both the first and second device share the same surface viewing area when unified.

With the issuance of the patent and the application of another, Correll Electronics is seeking potential corporate customers to purchase or license its intellectual property. Correll Electronics has generated tremendous interest and expects manufacturers to want to go to market soon, with the purchase or license of its intellectual property.

About Correll Electronics

Correll Electronics is a 21st Century innovator in a space crowded with 20th Century tablet designs. It is the creator behind the tablet and phone 2-in-1 combination device. Correll Electronics sells and licenses the intellectual property to manufacturers worldwide. For more information, please visit www.correllelectronics.com.