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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006167D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Dec-11

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In today's marketplace for communication devices the push is for smaller and smaller products with increased options. In products that require LCD's this usually means that the glass surface is enlarged while it is moved very close to the exterior of the housing that encloses it. In moving the display closer to the exterior, it is more susceptible to breakage when dropped or impacted with a concentrated load. One solution to this problem would be to sink the LCD deeper into the product, but this decreases reading clarity due to shadowing from the housing. Another solution would be to thicken the display lens that covers the LCD, but this requires making the product thicker.