New Texas Campaign Raises the Question, What’s a “Virtual Bezel”?
Onscreen Dynamics, LLC, an NPE created in Delaware in November 2017, has filed suit against LG Electronics (LGE) (4:18-cv-00267) and Samsung (4:18-cv-00268). The new complaints assert two patents broadly concerning a device having a touchscreen display with a “virtual bezel”—i.e., a portion of the display, generally a border area, that responds differently to gestures or touches than does the rest of the display. The defendants are accused of infringement through the manufacture and sale of certain smartphones, with Onscreen Dynamics naming LGE’s V30, G5, G6, and K10 and Samsung’s Galaxy S8, 8+, 9, 9+, and Note8. At issue are certain features offered by those devices that place touch controls at the edge(s) of the display, including navigation buttons at the bottom (e.g., Android’s “home”, “recent apps”, and “back” buttons), the notification bar at the top of the screen and status buttons contained therein, and buttons overlaid on top of augmented reality (AR) content.