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Asia Unaffected by Smartphone Patent

A Singapore lawyer says the recent move by the U.S. trademark office won't hamper the sales of such devices in other countries

Reports were circulating earlier in the week on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issuing a patent on "a mobile entertainment and communication device"--a description broadly matching the generic smartphone.

The patent, which was awarded to Los Angeles-based Minerva Industries, describes a "cellular or satellite telephone" which has memory card sockets and can play music. The patent also includes that the device has a camera and microphone for "recording images and sound".