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  • German Court Invalidates Apple's "Slide to Unlock" Patent


    Motorola recently won a ruling from the country’s Federal Patent Court, which found all claims of Apple’s “slide to unlock” user interface property invalid, though the decision can be appealed. According to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, the parties affected by the ruling, which included Apple, Google, and Samsung, all knew the Bundesgerichtshof (Germany’s Federal Court of Justice) was likely to invalidate European Patent EP1964022 for “unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image.” The ruling came at the end of a day-long court session where Apple attempted to save the patent’s validity by presenting 14 proposed claim amendments.

    At the end of it all, Apple’s patent is somewhat irrelevant as manufacturers have implemented similar design workarounds that accomplish the same basic slide to unlock functionality, which is used on basically all smartphones. The German court noted that Apple’s patent claim for a swiping gesture, the only new enhancement to prior art, doesn’t meet certain requirements of a European patent law. The inventive step needed to uphold a patent’s claims was deemed “software as such” and not a requisite technical innovation to a technical problem.

    For those of you who don’t know, Apple’s patent has a spotty history with the German court system. It’s expected that Apple will appeal Thursday’s ruling to the Bundesgerichtshof though no official documentation of such action has been filed.

    Source: FOSS Patents
    This article was originally published in forum thread: German Court Invalidates Apple's "Slide to Unlock" Patent started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. sheon's Avatar
      sheon -
      good american courts its time to wake up and see how stupid these patents are that should have never been granted in the first place
    1. I_ssan's Avatar
      I_ssan -
      That should not be patented, but trademark it
    1. keenpois0n's Avatar
      keenpois0n -
      a win for common sense
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Trademark it and have people pay you to use the same tech. Im getting tired of all the big companies wasting $$ in court. Wake up and get better at your business..THINK.
    1. edoutmax's Avatar
      edoutmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by sheon View Post
      good american courts its time to wake up and see how stupid these patents are that should have never been granted in the first place
      Totally agree with you
    1. cgfusion's Avatar
      cgfusion -
      Here we go, the one sided non educated anti Apple comments from slamslung fans. Try looking up patents that slamslung owns, they are far more ridiculous than the slide to open granted patent. And funny, for the last 4 years guess who has the second most patents filed, your beloved slamslung. Apple isn't even in the top 10. So before you start your anti Apple, anti American comments, educate yourself if you can, or ask for help.or better yet , don't like it, leave our country.
    1. Oddlane's Avatar
      Oddlane -
      I am American and an apple fan, and this patent is still ridiculous
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Glad to see the German court has seen sense

      Quote Originally Posted by cgfusion View Post
      or better yet , don't like it, leave our country.
      PS not everyone here is in your country
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      German judicial system works and makes sense, good for them.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      apple didn't invent this anyway, it was made by the people who mad the neonode n1. apple just stole it and claimed it as their own.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cgfusion View Post
      Here we go, the one sided non educated anti Apple comments from slamslung fans. Try looking up patents that slamslung owns, they are far more ridiculous than the slide to open granted patent. And funny, for the last 4 years guess who has the second most patents filed, your beloved slamslung. Apple isn't even in the top 10. So before you start your anti Apple, anti American comments, educate yourself if you can, or ask for help.or better yet , don't like it, leave our country.
      Funny that you're the only one that mentiond them then proceeded to go mental haha u joker