“This week the European Patent Office published one of Apple’s patent applications for flexible displays filed in Korea,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “In further researching this and other related patent applications in the EU database we stumbled upon a hidden filing.”

“Hidden filings are those filed by Apple’s engineers under their individual names (usually as a team of engineers working on an Apple project) without listing Apple as the official assignee,” Purcher reports. “This way the invention remains off the public’s radar screen under ‘Apple Inc.’ until the very last moment when it’s granted and Apple take’s legal assignment of it at that time.”

Purcher reportsm “Sometimes we’re lucky to stumble onto one of these little gems before they’re granted, and today we’re going to review one of them that relates to possible future flexible display configurations that will allow a device to be folded in various configurations.”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.