Two Bites at the Apple? Intellectual Property Analysis of Apple Inc’s “Slide-to-Unlock” Patents

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Fri, 2011-10-28

Why "two bites"? Because it's a reference to double patenting, an illegal abuse of the patent system. You know, what USPTO patent examiner, Mr. Andres Gutierrez said of Apple's latest slide-to-unlock patent, before he rejected EVERY claim Apple was applying for, THREE separate times, in this issued continuation (read: we want to get credit for an earlier patent's priority date) of ANOTHER slide-to-unlock patent.

That's a lot of CAPS, so let's unpack this apple cart piece by piece (and watch this circular firing squad composed of Deranged Easter Bunnies – last week’s theme – since we’re seeing a trend here when it comes to patent quality.)