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Apple slide-to-unlock patent invalidated by the German court

05 April, 2013 | Read the news | Post your comment
Apple slide-to-unlock patent invalidated by the German court - read the full textIt seems Apple is going to lose its slide-to-unlock gesture patent, at least in the EU, since a German court has declared it invalid. Everything started last year when Apple won an injunction against Motorola Mobility and attempted to ban the sales of certain devices. Encouraged by its victory...


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Have to agree..Also have to agree that american patent office is just out of control..As they say "Only in America".

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  • 2013-04-05 19:54
  • TkM2

Apple doesn't have work to do. All they know is just blaming other people to make money.

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  • 2013-04-05 19:38
  • tVkI

awesome, it'll encourage more copying between companies and less innovation

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  • 2013-04-05 19:37
  • Yde3

Next thing apple will claim is, call ability on others phone.. LoL

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  • 2013-04-05 19:32
  • uCp2


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  • 2013-04-05 19:32
  • NFaR

US patent system is being abused. Company can apply patent just by showing concept on paper. I think it should at least come out a prototype.

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  • 2013-04-05 19:30
  • uH@c

Really very happy to read this news!!!

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  • 2013-04-05 19:17
  • bC9m

The US patent office is a very questionable organization!Repeatedly it has allowed many Apple invalid patents to be filed!

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  • 2013-04-05 18:56
  • wce8

The first law of US patent office is: The application (for a patent) must not be obvious to someone familiar in the art.
In granting patents, it appears that the patent officers have not read their own laws. As a result many patents are an obvious next step of a previous development. So lets thank the courts for bringing sanity back to the patent office. And I am not for or against Apple.

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  • 2013-04-05 18:50
  • HFfk

Slide to unlock was a pretty stupid patent to start with. I always thought this should be invalidated.
The same goes for searching multiple sources using the application. It is a simple concept of an integrated search engine and calls for no patent. Their body design is a patent for sure and I accept it. Also, apple has done several other technologies that are very well recognized as their valid patents, but these two always bugged as kind of lame to be patented and then to have a patent war based on these, on top of everything.
I hope these two patents are invalidated all over the world for them.

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  • 2013-04-05 18:43
  • uw@q

> In reply to PoLiTiX @ 2013-04-05 17:44 from 61Qt - click to readi used to use androidlock, but then i found Stride (cracked). I like it better. I might go ahead and buy it to support the dev.

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  • 2013-04-05 18:38
  • j8wI

> In reply to BBE @ 2013-04-05 16:59 from M3s@ - click to readsomeone had it before them, lots of people were using it before they got the patent, and its not detailed enough at all.

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  • 2013-04-05 18:26
  • RwL1

> In reply to Tesmond @ 2013-04-05 17:56 from iIR} - click to readThe click wheel in iPod is not invented by Apple. Its made by Synaptic company. But Quantum Research also claimed the technology is their. So either way Apple is copied somebody's technology again. Copycat

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  • 2013-04-05 18:25
  • jesI

This features is already esxisted in Neo Node1 phone back in 2005, might be earlier when it was still a prototype. Another re-ivented technology from rotten fruit apple. Copycat.

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  • 2013-04-05 18:15
  • jesI

Good Luck to you Apple....... oh by the way, where are all the ifan's bragging posts now?

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  • 2013-04-05 17:59
  • PGfx

The iPod was not the first mobile mp3 player. I had Archos Player before the iPod came out. Also the only good thing about the iPod was the turn wheel allowed faster music selection. Other mp3 players were cheaper higher capacity and more feature rich. The same is now true of mobile phones and computers & laptops.

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  • 2013-04-05 17:56
  • iIR}

Apple! Stop "dancing in every court" with such ridiculous thing!

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  • 2013-04-05 17:54
  • 6%xJ

Ho dear Apple what going to happen with you lol!!!!

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  • 2013-04-05 17:50
  • qasT

> In reply to yan @ 2013-04-05 16:20 from j8wI - click to readI know, butit's a paid app. Yes, they even have many cracked ones. And I admit drawing lock is quite innovative and unique, but pattern lock simple and practical yet unique. I'm using AndroidLock from Cydia on my iPhone 4S.

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  • 2013-04-05 17:44
  • 61Qt

> In reply to RejZoR @ 2013-04-05 16:22 from 3pt} - click to readThat's what I'm talking about. Without stylus you can tap the screen accurately, thus stylus is required. Unlike today, no need of stylus at all, only fingers. And with old days resisitive touchscreen phones combined with the old OS, there are no such swiping or gesture navigation methods only tap,tap, and dragging the scroll bar using stylus.

NB: S Pen isn't a stylus.

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  • 2013-04-05 17:41
  • 61Qt

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