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Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 08:36 AM EST

I'm not sure the comparison of the slide lock to a cubicle door...matters. If the patent is written so that the slide lock is described as a method to prevent accidental actuation of controls on a touch sensitive surface, which is precisely its purpose, then it may well be a novel mechanical patent which applies only to functional devices
So if I can write my patent for a slide lock for a cubicle as a method to prevent acidental actuation of the door, which is precisely its purpose (to prevent embarrassment of the user of the cubicle - how often have I been embarrassed by my phone unlocking itself and calling someone), then it may well be a novel mechanical patent.

I don't think so. I've only patented the idea of the slide lock, not the actual method, or mechanism, of the lock and so proscribed others from the possibility of using any kind of slide lock. - as long as it's a slide lock it'd be covered by my patent!

That is the problem of most software patents: they patent the idea of the solution, not the mechanism of an implementation of the idea,

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