Apple proves victorious in two patents
The U.S Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple its design patents for its slide-to-unlock feature and the design of the first generation iPhone.
Apple having its hand full with patents is not an unfamiliar thing. The latest in the series of Apple-requested patents stems from their request to patent their slide-to-unlock feature, as well as the design for the original iPhone.
On February 5, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple's application, No. D675,639. The claim in the patent request stated it was for "the ornamental design for a display screen or portion thereof with a graphical user interface, as shown and described." The patent included drawings and specifications of the user interface to indicate exactly what they were attempting to patent, specifically the "display screen or portion thereof," namely the design of the unlock bar.
Their second patent, No.D675,612, made the claim of "the ornamental design for an electronic device, as shown and described," referring to the physical specs of the first-gen iPhone, namely its rounded edges. This patent was also granted. Now that the design is patented to Apple, it can be used in a case that sprung last October against Samsung, who had allegedly infringed upon several Apple patents, one of them being this one, which was at the time yet unapproved.