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June 16, 2010


A watch is a different application than a computer. If "Swatch" limited their patent to watches, then there's no conflict, anywhere here.

Have you ever used a Swatch watch? If you have, then you should be familiar with its battery compartment that uses a locking mechanism virtually identical to that in the Apple patent (it has three tabs, not two).

The Swatch debuted in 1983, any patent from then may have lapsed. Is it possible to patent the same idea again?

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